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IMAGISM Reported by: Miss Florabel M. Biasong Abuyod National High School Teresa, Rizal
Imagism Defined Imagism is a name given toa movement in poetry,originating in 1912, aimingat clarity of expressionthrough the use of precisevisual images. http://writing.upenn.edu/~afilreis/88/imagism- def.html
The Imagists A group of American and Englishpoets whose poetic program wasformulated about 1912 by EzraPound. The imagists wrote succinctverse of dry clarity and hard outlinein which an exact visual image madea total poetic statement.
D.H. F.S. Lawrence Flint Richard Amy Aldington Lowell Ezra Found H.D. John Hilda GouldDoolittle Fletcher
Forerunners of Imagism Imagism, as a movement, isoften credited to have startedwith T.E. Hulme, who created thePoets Club in 1908. After the death of T.E. Hulme, Ezra Pound spread the idea of "dry, hard, classical verse“
Tenets of Imagism Ezra Found1. Direct treatment of the "thing,"whether subjective or objective.2. To use absolutely no word that doesnot contribute to the presentation.3. As regarding rhythm: to compose insequence of the musical phrase, not insequence of the metronome”
Tenets of Imagism…1. To use the language ofcommon speech, but toemploy always the exactword, not the nearly-exact,nor the merely decorativeword. Amy Lowell
Avoid inversions and clichés of the old poetic jargonExample of inversion:Yourself, how do you do,Very well, you I thank. Example of the old poetic jargon: To ope my eyes Upon the Ethiope splendour Of the spangled night.
Exact word which conveys thewriter’s impression to the reader must be used. Example : Great heaps of shiny glass Pricked out of the stubble By a full, high moon.
Tenets of Imagism…2. To create new rhythms –as the expression of newmoods – and not copy oldrhythms which merely echoold moods. (New cadence means new idea.)
Tenets of Imagism… 3. To allow absolute freedom in the choice of subject.4. To present an image (hencethe name ‘imagist’) (Poetry should render particulars exactly and not deal in vague generalities.)
Example:“The Calm”At noon I shall see waves flashing,White power of spray.The streamers, statelyKick up white puffs of spray behind them.The boiling wakeMerges in the blue-black mirror of the sea.
Tenets of Imagism…5. To produce poetry that ishard and clear, neverblurred nor indefinite. (This does not refer to subject but to rendering of subject.)
Tenets of Imagism6. Concentration is of thevery essence of poetry.
Sea Garden (H.D.)Rose, harsh rose,marred and with stint of petals,meagre flower, thin,sparse of leaf,more preciousthan a wet rosesingle on a stem—you are caught in the drift.Stunted, with small leaf, In the Station of the Metroyou are flung on the sand, Ezra Poundyou are liftedin the crisp sand The apparition of thesethat drives in the wind. faces in the crowd;Can the spice-rose Petals on a wet blackdrip such acrid fragrance bough.hardened in a leaf?