H. D. has often been conveniently packaged as a lyrical poet and her influence limited to her contributions during the Imagist movement early in the century. Yet just as her early friends and associates did, H. D. went well beyond the lyric, experimenting with other forms, exploring universal themes within the classical tradition of epic verse and developing an idiosyncratic style that would influence the next generation of poets.
Throughout H. D.’s work, from early to late, runs a strong independent temperament and high seriousness. The driving force in her work is the intent to bring together the best of what culture and civilization have created and from it to create anew. In this quest, nothing is excluded except the unsatisfactory.