H. L. Davis

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Thomas Hornsby Ferril

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H.L. Davis brings humans and nature together in his poems, believing that from one we can understand something of the other. Davis writes the natural world with the knowledge of an ecologist, and the sensibility of an artist who knows his trees, winds and birds, but also has an ear for rhythm, and for making his words move and sing. Thomas Hornsby Ferril said, “He enjoyed pipe-organ analogy in poetry: vowels, the open sounds, bumping up against the consonants or steps. These events within the line are common in his poems and poetic passages in his novels.” Davis won the Pulitzer Prize in 1935 for his novel, Honey in the Horn.