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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.
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(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
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(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.
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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
art movement, artistic movement - a group of artists who agree on general principles
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* Tours of Elmhurst College's Chicago Imagist collection with Suellen Rocca at 1:30 p.m.
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This destabilization of Georgian War Poetry as a cohesive literary group opens the door for new evaluations of the poets involved with that group, specifically Isaac Rosenberg, in whom I see potential for a new valuation as a transitional figure for Modernism between the pre-war Imagist movement and the post-war advances of Eliot, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, and others.