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Imagism. What is Imagism?. Who: Included English and American poets in the early twentieth century What: free verse poetry, a part of Modernism Why: Authors were devoted to "clarity of expression through the use of precise visual images .” When: Began in 1912 with Ezra Pound.

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what is imagism
What is Imagism?
  • Who: Included English and American poets in the early twentieth century
  • What: free verse poetry, a part of Modernism
  • Why: Authors were devoted to "clarity of expression through the use of precise visual images.”
  • When: Began in 1912 with Ezra Pound

http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/5658

the imagist manifesto
The Imagist Manifesto
  • To use the language of common speech, but to employ the exact word, not the nearly-exact, nor the merely decorative word.
  • We believe that the individuality of a poet may often be better expressed in free verse than in conventional forms. In poetry, a new cadence means a new idea.
  • Absolute freedom in the choice of subject.
  • To present an image. We are not a school of painters, but we believe that poetry should render particulars exactly and not deal in vague generalities, however magnificent and sonorous. It is for this reason that we oppose the cosmic poet, who seems to us to shirk the real difficulties of his art.
  • To produce a poetry that is hard and clear, never blurred nor indefinite.
  • Finally, most of us believe that concentration is of the very essence of poetry.

http://www.writing.upenn.edu/~afilreis/88/imagism-def.html