imagism

imagism

[im-uh-jiz-uhm]
noun Literature.
1.
(often initial capital letter) a theory or practice of a group of poets in England and America between 1909 and 1917 who believed that poetry should employ the language of common speech, create new rhythms, have complete freedom in subject matter, and present a clear, concentrated, and precise image.
2.
a style of poetry that employs free verse and the patterns and rhythms of common speech.

Origin:
1910–15; image + -ism

imagist, noun, adjective
imagistic, adjective
imagistically, adverb
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imagism (ˈɪmɪˌdʒɪzəm)
 
n
a poetic movement in England and America between 1912 and 1917, initiated chiefly by Ezra Pound, advocating the use of ordinary speech and the precise presentation of images
 
'imagist
 
n, —adj
 
imag'istic
 
adj
 
imag'istically
 
adv

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Imagism
name of a movement in poetry that sought clarity of expression through use of precise visual images, "hard light, clear edges," coined 1912 by Ezra Pound (see image). Related: Imagist.
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imagism

any of a group of American and English poets whose poetic program was formulated about 1912 by Ezra Pound-in conjunction with fellow poets Hilda Doolittle (H.D.), Richard Aldington, and F.S. Flint-and was inspired by the critical views of T.E. Hulme, in revolt against the careless thinking and Romantic optimism he saw prevailing

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