Eurydice Reflection

Erica Taylor

Professor Konkol

English 346 – Amer. Lit

9 November 2016

After reading Eurydice written by H.D. I have found that I was surprisingly intrigued by her style of poetry. I say surprisingly since this is not particularly a style of poetry that I would choose to read personally because it is more associated with mystical themes than reality. What I most admired about H.D.’s poetry was her use of symbolism and expression of her feelings and thoughts through the character Eurydice. Through the use of diction, we can understand her perception of the love relationship and how she expects it to be the opposite of everlasting with the expectations for her lover to release her. In this poem, we see how Eurydice is disturbed by her lover coming to save her from death when she says “so for your arrogance/and your ruthlessness/I am swept back”. This is clearly annoying to her since while in ‘death’ or as she states ‘unconsciousness’ she had started to forget about him about life as she knew it and was interrupted by her lover’s selfish intentions of spending another day with her. Another theme in this poem is sorrow, we feel a sense of remorse for the main character Eurydice since it is clear that due to her lover’s intrusion she is now being forced to travel through dissolute times for the second time. To imagine dying twice must be one of the hardest things anyone would have to face. As a human being, we understand that if there is one thing in life that is certain it is death and after one dies there is no coming back. It is for this reason, that after placing myself in Eurydice’s shoes I have decided that this poem is a lamenting one. A lament for her life that was lost, a lament for the time that she was forced to be dead, and the lament for being sent back to realms which she had once already succumbed to. This poem for me has also driven me to notice the independence of Eurydice as she questions the actions of her lover in the second stanza “why did you turn back,/ …. why did you glance back?/ why did you hesitate for that moment?” These question themselves, have shown me as the reader that she has gained a sense of understanding of her circumstances which have been placed on her by none other than her lover. So she questions him, and it is clear that the questions are rhetorical, as in she may already have contemplated their answers, yet with asking them she is challenging her lover the one who had taken the title as leader of the two, and she is gaining more control of her circumstances no matter how ambivalent they may seem. My favorite section of the poem is the seventh and final stanza when H.D creates for her character a redemption prose as she, Eurydice, begins to accept the fate that she had been given due to being sent back to the underworld. She will not be lost and cannot be lost since she has finally found her true identity through her traveled journey.




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