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vorticism (vôrˈtĭsĭzəm), short-lived 20th-century art movement related to futurism. Its members sought to simplify forms into machinelike angularity. Its principal exponent was a French sculptor, Gaudier-Brzeska. The movement, however, had its largest following in England, where Wyndham Lewis, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, and T. S. Eliot wrote about it.


See W. C. Wees, Vorticism and the English Avant-Garde, 1910–1915 (1972).

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Tided "The Spectric School of Poetry" and authored by Knish and Morgan, the essay opened by attacking Ezra Pound and Wyndham Lewis's recent Vorticist departure in no uncertain terms: "The Vorticist School of poetry died an ignominious death in London, snuffed out by the explosion of the war.
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Through Pound, Rodker was introduced to the Vorticists, the English avant-garde movement spearheaded by Wyndham Lewis and inspired by Italian Futurism; other members of the group were Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and Edward Wadsworth.
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