By Pound, along with H.D., Richard Adlington, and F.S. Flint, had founded the imagist group. Their principles are outlined in the first three. Imagism was a movement in early 20th-century Anglo-American poetry that favored precision of imagery and clear, sharp language. It has been described as the. The excerpt from Ezra Pound’s “Imagism” manifesto is here. It is part of a longer article on Imagism by Amy Lowell, an American poet who was.

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It became one of the most important and influential English-language collections of modernist verse. Retrieved from ” https: Academy of American Poets Educator Newsletter.

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He went on to co-found the Vorticists with his friend, the painter and writer Wyndham Lewis. Literature, Politics, and the Past. Flint letter to J. By the spring of that year, however, disputes had begun to brew among the movement regarding leadership and control of the group. Reprinted in Kolocotroni et al. The following is a excerpt from an Imagist Manifesto, which explains what Imagism as a movement set out to do.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. William Carlos Williams was another who had a strong effect on the Beat poets, encouraging poets like Lew Welch and writing an introduction for the book publication of Ginsberg’s Howl Marianne Moore, who was at most a fringe member of the group, carved out a unique poetic style of her own that retained an Imagist concern with compression of language.

Around this time, the American Imagist Amy Lowell moved to London, determined to promote her own work and that of the other Imagist poets.

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In particular, Pound’s studies of Romantic literature had led him to an admiration of the condensed, direct expression that he detected in the writings manicesto Arnaut DanielDanteand Guido Cavalcantiamongst others. A characteristic feature of Kanifesto is its attempt to isolate a single image to reveal its essence. A strand of modernism, imagism aimed to replace abstractions with concrete details that could be further expounded upon through the use of figuration.


Southern Illinois University Press. Translation by William Pratt and Anne Rich. Flint, quoting Pound, defined the tenets of imagist poetry: Modern Poetry in Miniature. Language of common speech? ImagkstHulme left the Poets’ Club and started meeting with Flint and other poets in a new group which Hulme referred to as the “Secession Club”; they met at the Eiffel Tower restaurant in London’s Soho [9] to discuss plans to reform contemporary poetry through free verse and the tanka mxnifesto haiku and through the removal of all unnecessary verbiage from poems.

Finally, most of us believe that concentration is of the very essence of poetry. We believe that the individuality of a poet may often be better expressed in free verse than in conventional forms.

Well-known poets of the Edwardian era of the s, such as Alfred AustinStephen Phillipsand William Watsonhad been manifesro very much in the shadow of Tennysonproducing weak imitations of the poetry of the Victorian era. Flint commented “we have never claimed to have invented the moon.

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Determined to promote the work of the Imagists, and particularly of Aldington and H. Lawrence ‘s animal and flower pieces. We are not a school of painters, but we. Imagism was born in England and America in the early twentieth century. What does that sound like?

This feature mirrors contemporary developments in avant-garde art, especially Cubism. Imagiste to some poems they were discussing.

Finally, most of us believe that concentration is of the very. Basil Buntinganother Objectivist poet, was a key figure in the early development of the British Imaggist Revivala loose movement that also absorbed the influence of the San Francisco Renaissance poets.


Oxford Manfiesto Press, p. Imagism, which had made free verse a discipline and a legitimate poetic form, [2] influenced a number of poetry circles and movements. Imagism called for a return to what were seen as more Classical values, such as directness of presentation and economy of language, and a willingness to experiment with non-traditional verse forms; Imagists used free verse.

Posted September 05, Aldous Huxley and Some Contemporaries. University of California Press, pp. Instead of an arbitrary selection by an editor, each poet has been permitted to represent himself by the work he considers his best, the only stipulation being that it should not yet have appeared in book form.

To imagiet the language of common imagistt, but to employ the exact word, not the nearly-exact, nor the merely decorative word.

A Brief Guide to Imagism

DuPlessis, Rachel Blau However, with World War I as a backdrop, the times were not easy for avant-garde literary movements Aldington, for example, spent much of the war at the frontand the anthology effectively marked the end of the Imagists as a movement.

The first of these appeared inplanned and assembled mainly by H.

University of Wisconsin Press. An Anthology of Sources and Documents. On the other hand, Wallace Stevens found shortcomings in the Imagist approach: Stars Wheel in Purple by H.

Cathay, Translation, and Imagism. They continued to work in this vein into the early years of the 20th century.