Lake Forest Papers

Document Type


Date of Award

Fall 2017


All-College Writing Contest 2017-18

Author Comments

As Virginia Woolf explicates in “A Room of One’s Own,” tradition, for women writers, is a fragmented and fraught notion. Throughout historical, spiritual, and mythological narratives, women have been either denigrated or deified; they have been the muses rather than writers of stories. In ‘Tradition and the Individual Talent,” T.S. Eliot does not acknowledge the difficulty of interacting with tradition when one has been subjugated within it. I felt called to write about H.D.’s Trilogy through Eliot’s theoretical lens as H.D. so elegantly illustrates how a woman writer can constructively digest and revise the patriarchal traditions she has been handed. While books were being burned and the Blitz raged above her London home, H.D. urgently believed in the redemptive power of verse and prophetic potential of the past. Though surely the modern poet Eliot imagined was implicitly male, H.D. lushly manifests the “historical sense,” he calls for, that “ sense of the timeless as well as of the temporal and of the timeless and of the temporal together.”

Faculty Advisor

Robert Archambeau



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