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Richard Aldington
1892-1962
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Edward Godfree "Richard" Aldington [1892-1962]
English poet, editor, translator, novelist, biographer; his early avant garde work attracted the attention of Ezra Pound, who introduced him to H. D. (Hilda Doolittle); the three became the first "imagist" poets whose work was enormously influential in the 1910s and 1920s; married H. D. in 1913 but separated in 1919 and later divorced; worked as secretary to Ford Maddox Ford; served in World War I as a lieutenant until severely injured by poison gas, the effects of which combined with "shell-shock" (post-traumatic stress syndrome) lingered throughout much of his life; published highly successful novel Death of a Hero in 1929; became interested in contemporary French and Italian poetry and published 30 volumes of translations, in addition to 20 or so volumes of his own poetry; wrote a number of biographies including those of Wellington, D. H. Lawrence, and Lawrence of Arabia, the latter of which was highly controversial; edited The Viking Book of Poetry of the English-Speaking World (1941); died during a tour of the Soviet Union

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Goodbye!

 


Goodbye!

COME, thrust your hands in the warm earth
And feel her strength through all your veins;
Breathe her full odors, taste her mouth,
Which laughs away imagined pains;
Touch her life's womb, yet know
This substance makes your grave also.
 
Shrink not; your flesh is no more sweet
Than flowers which daily blow and die;
Nor are your mein and dress so neat,
Nor half so pure your lucid eye;
And, yet, by flowers and earth I swear
You're neat and pure and sweet and fair.

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