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Sea Rose


Another poem from Sea Garden published in 1916. This poem is one of imagery using H.D.'s common images of flowers, wind and sand. This poem along with her other imagery poems were written to support the movement in poetry. This movement was a reaction against romanticism and insisting upon the need for short, compact poetry, rich in imagery, but lacking in abstraction and exclamation.

This short poem full of imagery of a rose that is caught in the wind. One can picture this rose in flight landing in the sand.


Rose, harsh rose
marred and with stint of petals,
meagre flower, thin,
sparse of leaf,

more precious
than a wet rose
single on a stem --
you are caught in the drift.

Stunted, with small leaf,
you are flung on the sand,
you are lifted
in the crisp sand
that drives in the wind.

Can the spice-rose
drip such acrid fragrance
hardened in a leaf?


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