Imagist Poetry

ImagistantHere is a link to an online edition of the Imagist Anthology of 1915. You can find here the poems by H.D. that we will look at on Friday. The ‘Preface’ is also an interesting statement of Imagist aesthetics . I’d also like you to read ‘A Few Don’ts by an Imagiste‘, by Ezra Pound. In addition, you may find it helpful to look at some extracts from T.E. Hulme’s essay ‘Romanticism and Classicism‘. (All these texts are also in the Norton Anthology.)

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2 Responses to Imagist Poetry

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  2. I absolutely love ‘A Few Don’ts by an Imagiste‘! It makes imagist poetry sound so musical and almost perfect. It warns the poet not to be dull and repetitive, and seek to surprise the reader. I especially like that translations are taken into consideration: If you can create an image in the reader’s mind, it will not lose its value when it is translated, but if your poem depends on the sound of it, then it will lose a lot when it’s translated ( Although a bit out of subject, this brought to my mind a Shakespeare line in Turkish I saw on a Facebook status. I tried translating it back into English to try and find out what it actually says and where it was from, but I failed because it had changed so much during the process of translation). Especially I chuckled at the part that suggests poets to think like a scientist rather than the advertising agent. Thanks to Pound, I would like to read more imagist poems, if not try to write one ( because he suggests you to really read and know about A LOT of poetry before you dare to try to write an imagist poem). It’s amazing.

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