In Greek mythology, Oreads (ὄρος, "mountain") were a type of nymph that lived in mountains, valleys, ravines, the differ from each other according to their dwelling. The Idae were from Mount Ida, Peliades from Mount Pelia, etc... They were with Artemis since the goddess, when she went out hunting, preferred mounts and rocky precipices.
- Cyllene or Kyllene
"Oread" is also the title of a poem by Hilda Doolittle.
Hilda Doolittle published her first poems under the name H. D. Imagiste (the 'e' was meant to suggest the French poets to whom Imagism owed such a debt). Later, she dropped the artificial surname and wrote as just plain 'H. D.'.
Oread, one of her earliest and best-known poems, which was first published in the 1915 anthology, serves to illustrate this early style well.
The title Oread was added after the poem was first written, to suggest that a Nymph was ordering up the sea...
- Whirl up, sea—
- Whirl your pointed pines.
- Splash your great pines
- On our rocks.
- Hurl your green over us—
- Cover us with your pools of fir.