IMAGISM & IMAGIST POETRY
"Imagism" refers to a poetic movement in the early 20th century. Imagist work, which rejected the formal poetic structure of Romantic and Victorian poetry, was a precursor to Modernism.
Imagist poetry is characterized by precise imagery, and clear, sharp language. Ezra Pound, considered one of the founders of Imagist poetry, said that the poetry relied on "luminous details" to isolate a single image to convey its essence, and thus its meaning.
Imagists were influenced by the ancient Japanese poetic form of haiku, which focused the mind on one image.
This is an excerpt of Victorian poet William Ernest Henley's Invictus -
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever Gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
Compare this with Ezra Pound's In a Station of the Metro-
The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.
(This is the whole poem)
What images does Pound evoke in your mind?
This poetic movement existed at the same time as avant-garde visual arts were developing.
See if you can identify painters who were producing work at the same time as Pound ( 1915-17) and which artistic movement they are associated with.
(Carafe, Jug & Fruit Bowl, Picasso 1909 [l] ; Violin & Palette, Braque 1909[r])