Mechanics Monday: Imagism

Imagism was a movement in early 20th-century Anglo-American poetry that favored precision of imagery and clear, sharp language.
The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough
-Ezra Pound, “In a Station of the Metro”


It lasted from 1914-1917, mirroring other movements in avant-garde artwork such as Cubism.

Imagism was a revolt against the more widely used victorian-era style poetry. The idea was to use only the words required to complete an image, and cut out all the extraenous fluff.

Some of the more famous poets involved in this movement were:

Ezra Pound

H.D (short for Hilda Doolittle)

James Joyce

For such a short movement, imagism influenced a great many 20th century poems, most noticeably, free-verse and beat poets.


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