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imagism

[im-uh-jiz-uh m] /ˈɪm əˌdʒɪz əm/
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 of imagism
1910-1915
1910-15; image + -ism
Related forms
imagist, noun, adjective
imagistic, adjective
imagistically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for imagists
Historical Examples
  • Scarcely a photoplay but hints at the imagists in one scene.

  • In this sense the imagists are descendants of the Symbolistes; they are Individualists.

    Some Imagist Poets, 1916 Richard Aldington
  • On this point (rule three for the imagists) Miss Lowell falters awkwardly.

  • It is not what imagists write about which makes them hard of comprehension; it is the way they write it.

    Some Imagist Poets, 1916 Richard Aldington
  • But here for instance are seven colors which the imagists might use: The whiteness of swans in the light.

  • On the contrary, the imagists have the greatest admiration for the past, and humility towards it.

    Some Imagist Poets, 1916 Richard Aldington
  • The day of tropes in poetry is, in spite of the imagists, on the decline.

    The Literature of Ecstasy Albert Mordell
  • That the imagists base much of their poetry upon cadence and not upon metre makes them neither good nor bad.

    Some Imagist Poets, 1916 Richard Aldington
  • imagists deal but little with similes, although much of their poetry is metaphorical.

    Some Imagist Poets, 1916 Richard Aldington
British Dictionary definitions for imagists

imagism

/ˈɪmɪˌdʒɪzəm/
noun
1.
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
Derived Forms
imagist, noun, adjective
imagistic, adjective
imagistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for imagists

imagism

n.

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 + -ism. Related: Imagist.

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