H.D. was born and spent her early years in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Her father was a professor of astronomy and mathematics at Lehigh University. Her mother belonged to the Moravian brotherhood, a protestant sect that argued for a direct, sensuous perception of God, a belief that finds parallel expression in H.D.'s early imagist poetry. Hilda enrolled at Bryn Mawr College but found herself deeply conflicted. She had met and become engaged to poet Ezra Pound but was simultaneously attracted to a girlfriend, Frances Gregg.
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