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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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Although Ed Paschke is perhaps the best known of the Chicago Imagists, unlike many of his compatriots, Ed's interest in image was so much more fused with his interest in painterly matters," said Lynne Warren, curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
The poets had to rely, therefore, mostly on their skills as imagists and not as narrativists to bring their intentions to full life" (p.
His work's psychedelic, allover imagery sits nearest to the work of Pop descendants such as Kerig Pope and the Chicago Imagists.
English poetry, since Wilfred Owen and the Imagists, shows rhymes between inexact vowels, such as wind: land, fist: breast, often with the same supporting consonant before the stressed vowel, as in signs: sins, hall: hell (so-called "pararhymes" or "partial rhymes").
Beginning with the influence of Pound's influential anthology Des Imagists, and the controversy around The Lyric Year, and moving through important museum collections such as the Phillips Memorial Gallery and the Barnes Foundation finishing with a chapter on The New Negro Anthology and on modernism's archives, Braddock provides critical readings of both individual poems and anthologies, while showing how the act, and art, of collecting became an essential part of modernist art movement.
Further, while the Imagists prized vision for its promise of clarity, instantaneity, and precision, they also invoked other sensory modes (most notably touch) in their theories.
Virginia Woolf pointed out that early twentieth-century writers and artists cast a tremulous eye to the classics, even as they sought to reinvent themselves in a new age as symbolists, surrealists, imagists, and cubists: "Entirely aware of their [the Greeks'] own standing in the shadow, and yet alive to every tremor and dream of existence, there they endure, and it is to the Greeks that we turn when we are sick of the vagueness, of the confusion, of the Christianity and its consolations, of our own age" (38) and T.
so has Koons glorified the MCA with his art-star status, each in turn hailing the Chicago Imagists as a major historical influence.
Along with other Chicago-based artists such as Ed Paschke and Jim Nutt, Wirsum gained attention for his electric and wacky figural work, eventually identifying him as one of the "Chicago Imagists.
He is much more fluid and inventive than the Imagists, whose work resembles some of his cooler, shorter poems, in his absolute commitment to the honoring of his own creative processes.
The Imagists are Catholic; they believe in Transubstantiation.
Although Pound and the imagists ruled the day, Reed notes that Crane was more closely aligned, stylistically, with earlier British poets such as Gerard Manley Hopkins and Algernon Charles Swinburne.