- (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.
- a style of poetry that employs free verse and the patterns and rhythms of common speech.
Origin of imagism
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Examples from the Web for imagist
The Imagist fights for "free verse" as for the principle of liberty.
Who will endow the local photoplay and the Imagist photoplay?
The Imagist does not believe in ornament, and this glimpse of character might be uttered in one sentence.
Their impressionist, imagist, futurist theories make them too self-conscious.Suspended Judgments
John Cowper Powys
In the seventeenth chapter it is shown that one type of the Intimate might be classed as imagist.
- 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
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Word Origin and History for imagist
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