Imagism (March 19)
Flourished in England and America-1912-17
Typically written in free verse
Also known as “open form” verse
o Different than Milton‟s blank verse in Paradise Lost
Printed in short lines
But differs from traditional verse by the fact that its rhythmic pattern is not
organized into meter
Irregular line lengths and lacks rhyme
Focus on the visual pattern of the printed poem
Genteel poetry was the dominant, proper form of poetry around this time,
uncontroversial, elegant, short, inoffensive, shitty.
Pound, from “A Retrospect” (1913)
1. Direct treatment of the „thing‟ whether subjective or objective.
2. To use absolutely no word that did not contribute to the presentation
3. AS regarding rhythm: to compose in sequence of the musical phr