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Imagism and Imagist Poets. “An image is that which presents an intellectual and emotional complex in an instant in time.” – Ezra Pound. Imagism. The Imagist movement of the 20 th century included both English and American poets. Written in free verse

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imagism and imagist poets

Imagism and Imagist Poets

“An image is that which presents an intellectual and emotional complex in an instant in time.” – Ezra Pound

imagism
Imagism
  • The Imagist movement of the 20th century included both English and American poets.
    • Written in free verse
    • Short-lived movement starting 1912 and ending in 1918
    • Strand of Modernism – which was a movement that made a conscious break from the past and its literary structure.
    • Devoted to the “clarity of expression through use of precise visual images”
  • It was influenced by Chinese and Japanese poetry, like haiku and tanka, which evoke emotional responses
the imagist manifesto
The Imagist Manifesto
  • #1: “To use the language of common speech, but employ always the exact word, not the nearly exact, nor the merely decorative word.”
  • So what does this mean? Imagists expressed the essence of an object, person, or incident without providing an explanation.
    • There is no interpretation needed in Imagist poems. They mean exactly what they say.
the poets of the imagist movement
The Poets of the Imagist Movement
  • Ezra Pound was born in 1885 in Idaho.
  • He taught at Wabash College for two years then travelled to Europe where he became interested in Chinese and Japanese poetry
  • In 1914, he moved to Italy and became involved in the Fascist movement which caused him to be arrested for treason
  • In 1946 he was released from prison after being declared mentally ill
  • He died in Venice in 1972.
the poets of the imagist movement1
The Poets of the Imagist Movement
  • William Carlos Williams was born in 1883.
  • Before and while involved in the Imagist movement, his primary occupation was a pediatrician in New Jersey.
    • Believed his experiences as a pediatrician helped him find inspiration as a poet
  • The focus of his poetry was on capturing the essence of modern American life by showing ordinary people, objects, and experiences
  • Received the Pulitzer in 1963 for his final volume of poetry
  • Died that year from a heart attack
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The Poets of the Imagist Movement
  • H.D (Hilda Doolittle) was born in Pennsylvania in 1886
  • She met Pound and became involved in the Imagist movement at the age of 15
  • Her early poetry was based after Greek lyrics which emphasized light, color, and physical texture of objects
  • Later work was more focused on World Wars I and II and the ideas of the human psyche based on the work of Sigmund Freud
  • She died in 1961.