Imagism was a brief, complex yet influential poetic movement of the early 1900s, a time of reaction against late nineteenth-century poetry which Ezra Pound, one of the key imagist poets, described as ‘a doughy mess of third-hand Keats, Wordsworth ... half-melted, lumpy’. In contrast, imagist poetry, although riddled with conflicting definitions, was broadly characterized by brevity, precision, purity of texture and concentration of meaning: as Pound stated, it should ‘use no superfluous word, no adjective, which does not reveal something ... it does not use images as ornaments. The image itself is the speech’. It was this freshness and directness of approach which means that, as Peter Jones says in his invaluable Introduction, ‘imagistic ideas still lie at the centre of our poetic practice’.
The only comprehensive anthology of Imagist poetry on the market today. Story Line Press is proud to reissue an expanded edition of this cornerstone of Modernism. First issued nearly forty years ago, this most important Imagist poetry anthology ever published includes new poems by the Movement's greatest poets, and an updated introduction by the editor. Contributors include: T. E. Hulme, F. S. Flint, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, H.D. Richard Aldington, Walliam Carelos Williams, Amy Lowell, John Guold Fletcher, D. H. Lawrencee, Carl Sandburg, MArianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, Herbert Read, Adelaide Crapsey, Max Michelson, E. E. Cummings, and Archibald MacLeish. William Pratt is Professor Emeritus of English at Miami University. He is also editor of The Fugitive Poets, reissued in 1992 as part of the Southern Classics Series produced by J. S. Sanders in Nashville, Tennessee. Contributors include: T.E. Hulme F.S. Flint Ezra Pound James Joyce H.D. Richard Aldington William Carlos Williams Amy Lowell John Gould Fletcher D.H. Lawrence Carl Sandberg Marianne Moore Wallace Stevens Herbert Read Adelaide Crapsey Max Michelson e.e. cummings Archibald MacLeish
This book offers a lively account of the Imagist Poets, the first significant group of modernist poets writing in English. It discusses what their writing achieved, and analyses the theoretical claims of Imagism in relation to its poetic practice. It revises the received view of Imagism by drawing upon current re-readings of modernism in terms of gender and sexuality, cultural geography, and the idea of literary institutions and formations. The book shows the variety of practice within the Imagist group, and shifts the focus from seeing Imagism purely as the creation of Ezra Pound, by granting a much stronger focus to often overlooked figures such as Amy Lowell, F.S. Flint and John Gould Fletcher. The book also examines the cultural formation of Imagism as a movement competing within the artistic avant-garde of London in the early twentieth century.
Over 180 well-chosen Imagist gems appear in this tribute to an important and influential poetic movement of the 20th century. Includes short verse by Pound, Lawrence, Hilda Doolittle, Joyce, Stevens, others.
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This is the first time that a substantial and representative selection of Flint's poetry has been collected. The Introduction supplies important biographical information, and traces how Flint became involved, along with Ezra Pound, Richard Aldington, and H.D., in the Imagist project. There are sixty-three poems drawn from Flint's three published collections of poetry--In the Net of the Stars (1909), Cadences (1915), and Otherworld (1920), and a further twenty-two uncollected or previously unpublished poems, making eighty-five poems in all. The Introduction also offers a sustained and illuminating discussion of the evolution of Flint's art through three volumes. In addition, there are five appendices, among them Flint's important essays, "Imagisme" and "The History of Imagism." The book seeks to establish Flint as a significant contributor to early Modernist poetry, i.e., Imagism, and to reassess the qualities and achievement of an undeservedly overlooked poet.
This book embraces an era of enormous creative variety--the formative period during which the Romantic traditions of the past were abandoned or transformed and a major new literature created. More than a hundred poets are treated in this volume, and many more are noticed in passing.
In the present study, the innovative and cerebral poetry of the Imagist movement, which revolutionized modern English and American poetry, has been analyzed in its contextual and inter-textual relationships with other arts. Consequently, the book is like the texts it attempts to investigate, a peculiar hybrid, a collage of three basic materials or analytical perspectives: an excerpt from an Imagist manifesto sketched out in handwriting (context), a torn out printed page from a first edition of Des Imagistes (text), and a photograph of a museum installation of a room devoted to Modernist art (intertext).