Name given to a movement in poetry, originating in and represented by Ezra Pound, Amy Lowell, and others, aiming at clarity of expression through the use of precise visual images. In the early period often written in the French form Imagisme. Flint--and was inspired by the critical views of T. Hulme, in revolt against the careless thinking and Romantic optimism he saw prevailing.
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The apparition of these faces in the crowd; Petals on a wet, black bough. A reactionary movement against romanticism and Victorian poetry, imagism emphasized simplicity, clarity of expression, and precision through the use of exacting visual images.
Though Ezra Pound is noted as the founder of imagism, the movement was rooted in ideas first developed by English philosopher and poet T. Hulme , who, as early as , spoke of poetry based on an absolutely accurate presentation of its subject, with no excess verbiage.
Images in verse are not mere decoration, but the very essence. A strand of modernism, imagism aimed to replace abstractions with concrete details that could be further expounded upon through the use of figuration. Flint, quoting Pound, defined the tenets of imagist poetry: I. To use absolutely no word that does not contribute to the presentation. As regarding rhythm: to compose in sequence of the musical phrase, not in sequence of the metronome.
In , Des Imagistes A. By the spring of that year, however, disputes had begun to brew among the movement regarding leadership and control of the group.
Email this page Introduction A poet, critic, translator, and literary force of the modernist era, Ezra Pound was born in Idaho in Hilda Doolittle. Pound eventually moved to London where he lived for 12 years, where he became acquainted with writers W. Yeats and Ford Madox Ford as well as artists, composers, and philosophers. By Pound, along with H. Flint, had founded the imagist group.
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Pre-Imagism[ edit ] Well-known poets of the Edwardian era of the s, such as Alfred Austin , Stephen Phillips , and William Watson , had been working very much in the shadow of Tennyson , producing weak imitations of the poetry of the Victorian era. They continued to work in this vein into the early years of the 20th century. Future Nobel Prize winner William Butler Yeats was devoting much of his energy to the Abbey Theatre and writing for the stage, producing relatively little lyric poetry during this period. Hulme was a student of mathematics and philosophy; he had been involved in setting up the club in and was its first secretary. Flint a champion of free verse and modern French poetry was highly critical of the club and its publications. From the ensuing debate, Hulme and Flint became close friends.
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Imagism Imagism Name given to a movement in poetry, originating in and represented by Ezra Pound, Amy Lowell, and others, aiming at clarity of expression through the use of precise visual images. In the early period often written in the French form Imagisme. Flint--and was inspired by the critical views of T. Hulme, in revolt against the careless thinking and Romantic optimism he saw prevailing.