Asterisk denotes entries on real places.
Gardens. The poem “Sheltered Garden” laments the lack of a bracing environment in a garden that is too orderly and predictable: “there is no scent of resin/ in this place/ no taste of bark, of coarse weeds,/ aromatic, astringent–.” The pastoral landscape and tenor of most of the poems are echoed more than contrasted by the collection’s final poem, “Cities,” in which H. D. imagines “the maker of cities” and sees the process of urban growth and decay in organic terms, as stages in the life of a beehive.
Dictaeus. Mountain cave on the Mediterranean island of Crete where the infant god Zeus was reared by nymphs. The cave, along with the places that follow below, is mentioned in the poem “Acon.”
River Erymanthus (ir-a-MAN-thahs). Location of Heracles’ capture of the Erymanthian boar–one of his famous twelve labors.
*Arcadia. Region of Greece’s central Peloponnesian Peninsula that is traditionally associated with idyllic pastoral life. The speaker in “Acon” enjoins the dryads, nereids, and Pales (Roman divinity of shepherds and herdsmen) to bring offerings of the highest quality to the stricken Hyella: fruit from Arcadia, wine from Assyria, fine cloth from Phoenicia, and irises from Illyria.