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‘CONCEIVED AT THE GRAVE'S EDGE’: THE ESOTERIC ESCHATOLOGY OF H.D.'s <i>TRILOGY</i>

Susan Acheson

in Literature and Theology

Volume 12, issue 2, pages 187-204
Published in print June 1998 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online June 1998 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/12.2.187
‘CONCEIVED AT THE GRAVE'S EDGE’: THE ESOTERIC ESCHATOLOGY OF H.D.'s TRILOGY

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In 1942, H.D. embarked on three long poems which were published together after the war under the title Trilogy. These poems open a new phase in her published work, of neo-romanticism. Although she refused to align herself wholeheartedly with esoteric philosophies, theosophy, spiritualism and astrology provided her with a language which enabled her to revise the Christian eschatological programme. In this article I shall be examining the ways in which Trilogy attempts to carry out this revision in the context of the eschatological discourses of the years immediately preceding and during the second world war.

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