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This paper analyzes three works, “Thetis,” “Triplex,” and “Eurydice,” by modernist poet H.D. for the purpose of understanding how high-profile women characters can be used to explore the overarching similarities in female identity. This line of connection is found through the subject of each poem being figures from Greek mythology - Thetis, Helen, and Eurydice - and the themes in each poem being some variation of the formation of identity under male influence. In “Thetis,” the subject defines herself as a mother, and her role is shaped by the existence of her son, Achilles. In “Triplex,” Helen appeals to the goddesses to resist the hatred of a patriarchal society that reduces her complexity. In “Eurydice,” the subject must contend with a personal betrayal by her husband, Orpheus, that threatens to appropriate her artistic expression for his purposes. These analyses are intended to contribute to the broader discussion of H.D.’s “women’s mythology” which is a term used by Susan Friedman, one of her notable critics, in reference to H.D.’s expansive use of mythological settings to center the female experience.


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Author: Kristen Clay

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