EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Literature ( 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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-ism Related forms im·ag·ist, noun, adjective im·ag·is·tic, adjective im·ag·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for imagism Historical Examples of imagism
But there is good verbalism, distinct from lyricism or
imagism, and in this Laforgue is a master.
In the first place “
Imagism” does not mean merely the presentation of pictures.
Imagism” refers to the manner of presentation, not to the subject.
And it is an illuminating fact that among poets and men conversant with many poetic idioms,
Imagism is rarely misconceived. Imagism asks to be judged by different standards from those employed in Nineteenth-Century art. British Dictionary definitions for imagism noun 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 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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