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Imagism Definition

Poetry Definition of Imagism

Name given to a movement in poetry aimed at clarity of expression through the use of precise visual images. In the early period often written in the French form Imagisme. To use the language of common speech, but to employ the exact word, not the nearly-exact, nor the merely decorative word.


Autumn by T. E. Hulme

A touch of cold in the Autumn night—
I walked abroad,
And saw the ruddy moon lean over a hedge
Like a red-faced farmer.
I did not stop to speak, but nodded,
And round about were the wistful stars
With white faces like town children.

Top 5 Imagism Poem Examples

PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories
Premium Member Poem Take Me Somewhere Exotic Cozart, Dale Gregory Imagismcolor, imagery, lost love,
Premium Member Poem Peacocks and Predators Mac Donald, Michelle Imagismanimal, identity,
Swallow Whole The Moon Capitano, Phil Imagismimagery, nature, poetry,
Premium Member Poem Lazy Afternoon Cozart, Dale Gregory Imagismday, sleep,
Premium Member Poem Teal Harbor Cozart, Dale Gregory Imagismbeach, bird, boat, ocean,

Standard Definition

[n] 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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