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also Im·a·gism  (ĭm′ə-jĭz′əm)
A literary movement launched by British and American poets in the early 1900s that advocated the use of free verse, common speech patterns, and clear concrete images as a reaction to Victorian sentimentalism.

im′a·gist n.
im′a·gis′tic adj.
im′a·gis′ti·cal·ly adv.


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) 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
ˈimagist n, adj
ˌimagˈistic adj
ˌimagˈistically adv


(ˈɪm əˌdʒɪz əm)

a style of poetry that employs free verse, precise imagery, and the patterns and rhythms of common speech.
im′ag•ist, n., adj.
im`ag•is′tic, adj.
im`ag•is′ti•cal•ly, adv.


a theory or practice of a group of English and American poets between 1909 and 1917, especially emphasis upon the use of common speech, new rhythms, unrestricted subject matter, and clear and precise images. — Imagist, n. — Imagistic, adj.
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Noun1.imagism - a movement by American and English poets early in the 20th century in reaction to Victorian sentimentality; used common speech in free verse with clear concrete imagery
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While before, Davide's Jewish identity was revealed imagistically through flashback to the 1940s and through Giovanna's identification of his prison number, in this scene it is finally spoken in a threatening way by a person who actually followed through with the threat, "E quell'ebreo che lavora con te, non e che vada ad avvisare qualcuno?
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Vietnamese poetry has less "connective tissue than English"; like most Vietnamese poetry, Lam Thi's "tends to be end-stopped and imagistically contained.
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The flesh must be mortified, and the mistrust of the "flesh" is imagistically conveyed by the body, "naked, lean, and white as the splintered sycamore," tumbling in the torrent.
negativity, bitterness at rejection (including often of poetry tout court) seems again excessive, living tensions insufficiently dramatized or otherwise verbally or imagistically realized.
If you're thinking imagistically, the chances of you being happy with somebody else taking that are going to be slim,'' Howard says.
4] Moving away from this general exposition of the phenomenological relations between labyrinths and Montaigne's literary practice, the following pages will concentrate upon an actual instance of a labyrinth imagistically surfacing in the dense fabric of "Sur des vers de Virgile" (3.