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The Flower that Falls to Flower: HD's Poetic Legacy to Adrienne Rich

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Title:The Flower that Falls to Flower: HD's Poetic Legacy to Adrienne Rich
Authors:Furuya, Carole
Contributors:English (department)
Date Issued:15 Jan 2014
Publisher:University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract:Many scholars have written about the image of mothering in the poetry of H.D., a subject which permeates her work. But perhaps because the allusions to mothering are so obvious, these scholars often gloss over the image and fail to examine it closely. As a result, they overgeneralize and oversimplify the image, obscuring the nuances of mothering and its power as a symbol of transformation In Writing Beyond the Ending and H.D.: The Career of that Struggle, Rachel Blau DuPlessis points out that H.D. turned to a Mother-Goddess mythology as an alternative to patriarchal limitations. DuPlessis, however, as well as other critics, such as Deborah Kelly Kloepfer in The Unsoeakable Mother, allow the key passages that describe mothering to go unexplained, depending on them to speak for themselves. The critics assume that their audience draws the same conclusions from these images that they do. Their assumptions lead to a waste of good writing and ultimately to the failure of their arguments. Other writers, such as Susan Stanford Friedman in Psyche Reborn and Susan Gubar in "The Echoing Spell of B.D.'s Trilogy." avoid this mistake, but inevitably fail because they fall into traps of their own making by reading B.D.'s poetry through a set of preconceived patriarchal assumptions. The mistake that most of these critics have in common is that they underestimate myth.
Pages/Duration:63 pages
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