Poetry released "A Few Don'ts by an Imagiste" in March 1913. F. S. Flint, an imagist poet, described the ideas of imagist poetry in it, referencing Pound: I. Treatment of the "thing" directly, whether subjective or objective. II. To use no words that do not add anything to the presentation. III. No unnecessary words.
Imagism was a movement in modern poetry that began in London in 1912. Its leading figure was Ezra Pound, who published a magazine of the same name from that year until 1915. Other poets associated with the movement include D. H. Lawrence, William Carlos Williams, and T. S. Eliot.
Flint's list represents the core values of imagism as defined by its leader, Pound. He felt that direct treatment of the subject or object was essential to good poetry. Many poems during this time period were metaphorical, so Pound believed that only images that contribute something new or different to the presentation should be used.
Lawrence and Williams also had relationships with Florence Holloway, another prominent member of the imagist circle. She helped publish their books and acted as their literary agent in England. Holloway shared many of these beliefs about imagery and language usage with her colleagues.
Eliot was not part of this circle, but he did study with Pound at Harvard University in 1914.
Any of a group of American and English poets whose poetic agenda was developed about 1912 by Ezra Pound in collaboration with fellow poets Hilda Doolittle (H.D.), Richard Aldington, and F.S. Flint and was motivated by T.E. Lawrence's critical ideas. The Imagists were among the first to use simple, direct language freed from classical influence and conventional rhyme schemes.
Their work appeared in several magazines published by Pound: The Egoist, The Sphere, and The New Age. The most famous of these poets is undoubtedly Pound himself, but there are also good poems by H.D., Aldington, and Flint. Although many critics consider them all members of one movement, only Pound actively pursued writing in the Imagist tradition. After his return from Italy in 1915, where he had fought as a soldier in World War I, he edited a collection of his friends' work called "Imagism", which gave rise to the term "Imagist".
Pound's influential book On Poetry and Poets introduced the idea that poetry should be expressed in images rather than abstract concepts or free verse. This view was not new; it can be found in some works by William Blake and John Donne for example. But what made Pound's ideas so appealing at the time was their simplicity and directness.
Pound's Language, Rhythm, and Rhyme Rules This was the basic goal of imagism: to create poems that condensed what the poet wanted to say into a clear and vivid image, to compress the poetic statement into an image rather than complicating and decorating it with poetic techniques like meter and rhyme. The aim was to write poems that were meaningful rather than mere exercises in making up words.
Language, Rhythm, and Rhyme Rules was published in 1916. By this time, Ezra Pound had become one of the leading figures in modern poetry, and his suggestions about how poets should write poems were starting to have an influence on many other poets. In fact, they still do today; consider the way that Dylan Thomas and John Donne wrote their poems.
Pound also advocated writing about what you know, which is why most of these poems about images are written about things that happened during the writers' lifetimes. However, he did suggest some ways that contemporary poets could use their imagination to write new poems (such as by imagining different times or places).
For example, some people include similes and metaphors in their definition of imagery, but others don't.
Ezra Pound Imagist, any of a group of American and English poets whose literary agenda was developed about 1912 by Ezra Pound in collaboration with fellow poets Hilda Doolittle (H.D.), Richard Aldington, and F.S. Flint and was motivated by T.E. Lawrence's critical ideas. The Imagists were followed by several other groups.
Pound began to formulate his ideas about poetry in 1911 when he met Doolittle for the first time. A few months later they started working together on a newspaper called The Egoist, which published four issues from January to April 1912. In 1913 Aldington and Flint joined the team as well. The journal was successful in attracting attention away from traditional poetic forms and could be considered the first Modernist publication. It covered various topics related to art and literature, such as music, drama, and film. The Imagists are also known for their use of irregular meters and forign words inserted into their poems. This method was intended to free the poet's mind from conventional restraints.
Pound became the leader of the group and started publishing his own poems in various magazines. He also organized reading sessions where other members could show their work to him and others.