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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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What Came After' better defines and celebrates this later generation of artists, which have been called third generation Imagists, Post-Imagists, and the Chicago School."
Looking beyond the 1960s Pop Art movement led by big name New York artists, the exhibition showcases the "other" art movements from the '60s and '70s, such as Bay Area Funk Art and the Chicago Imagists (Jim Nutt, Gladys Nilsson, and Karl Wirsum, who called themselves Hairy Who).
As their ranks expanded to include Roger Brown, Christina Ramberg and Ed Paschke, their cohort became known as the Chicago Imagists and the rest is finally, after an unconscionable delay, beginning to be history.
Although she was friendly with, and sometimes exhibited alongside, the Chicago Imagists, her restrained, glacial atmospheres were temperamentally distant from these younger artists' comic-grotesque figuration.
No ideas but in things, said the Imagists. No music either.
Most criticism though do not seem to acknowledge how close Penna's poetry is to the ideas of "modern" and "new" as fostered by Modernists and Imagists. This essay challenges the literary commonplace that Penna is a miracle out of history and time and, investigating Penna's archives and poems, discloses connections, references and similarities between his poetry and the major movements--French Symbolism, Modernism, Imagism--and literary personalities of the twentieth century.
Insofar as they reacted to "the Romantic-Victorian tradition" and attempted to reassert the importance of poetry among the public, "the young Georgian rebels of whatever coterie--realists or Vorticists, Futurists or Imagists ...
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Hemingway followed the Imagists' belief that poets should present a concrete visual image in hard, clear and concentrated language.
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.
The Objectivists, expanding on tenets of the Imagists before them, aimed to write direct, economic verse in the natural music of spoken language.