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a modernist trend in English and American literature from 1910 to the early 1920’s. Its initiators and theorists were the English philosopher T. Hulme and the American poet E. Pound. They were joined by American poetesses A. Lowell and H. Doolittle, the American poets W. C. Williams and J. G. Fletcher, and the Englishmen F. M. Ford, D. H. Lawrence, and R. Aldington; their paths subsequently diverged.

The imagists, combining the philosophy of institutionalism and the formal theories of French symbolism, glorified nature and captured fleeting impressions in their poetry; they were fascinated with the play of rhythms and colors, accentuated the self-contained, laconic, “pure” image, and cultivated free verse. A reaction to the ornamentality and false beauty of the imitators of romanticism, imagism marked the transition to the forms of contemporary English and American poetry.

In Russia, the imaginist poets shared certain imagist ideas.


Kashkin, I. “Tvorchestvo amerikanskikh poetov imazhistov.” Interna-tsional’naia literatura, 1937, no. 2


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JDD: And that a poet like her, because of her imagist dictates, can't .
Oppen: "But I learned from Louis, as against the romanticism or even the quaintness of the imagist position, the necessity for forming the poem properly, for achieving form.
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One thing would surely have pleased him greatly: around a decade after his death, the Imagist school of poetry was established in London by Ezra Pound and others, and a major element of its credo, a key factor of its aesthetic, was the need of bringing into English and American poetry the qualities of haiku, especially its terseness and its sensitivity to nature.