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Analysis


Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay

Form and Meter

"Oread" is written in free verse, which means that it has no recurring rhyme or meter. It doesn't fit into a nice little traditional form. It's not a sonnet or a haiku or a sestina. It's another be...

Speaker

The speaker of the poem is an Oread, a nymph of the mountains and grottoes (yes, grottoes) from Greek mythology. We don't ever find out her name, but we do know that she's quite a demanding charact...

Setting

We don't know about you, but when we read "Oread," we can't help but think of The Little Mermaid's Ariel. (You know, that scene, where Ariel lifts herself up on the rock and sings to her heart's co...

Sound Check

"Oread" isn't written in a traditional form, but that doesn't mean that it's not interested in sound. In fact, there are sound repetitions just about everywhere you look…or listen, as it were: rh...

What's Up With the Title?

The poem "Oread" is spoken by—surprise!—an Oread (and a very commanding one at that). The title introduces us to our speaker in a very direct way; there's no time for any beating around the bus...

Calling Card

H.D. is most known for her Imagist poems, which are usually short, spare, and intense. She's got two awesome books filled with poems like "Oread"—Sea Garden and The God. What most of these p...

Tough-o-Meter

"Oread" is a super short poem of few words. For this reason, you might think that the poem would be a piece of cake to read and understand. Or maybe you think the poem's just giving you the silent...

Trivia

H.D. was analyzed by Sigmund Freud, father of psychoanalysis. We'll bet that was quite the session. (Source.)H.D. was briefly engaged to poet Ezra Pound. (It didn't work out.) She went on to have r...

Steaminess Rating

Move along, folks. Nothing sexy about "Oread."

Allusions

The Oread (throughout)
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