Ezra Pound in the Imagist Movement
In the beginning of the 20th century, a poetry style called Imagism was growing. Imagism is
derived from Modernism and was created in response to Romanticism. Contrary to Romanticism,
Imagist poems consist of brief sentences of dry clarity which painted an exact visual image and poetic
statement. Thence leaving little to no room for interpretation due to it's candidness expressing of ideas.
Imagism was also a conferrer to the french Symbolist movement, but antithetical to it in that Symbolism
analyzes more in music and Imagism more in art and sculpture.
In the Imagist Movement belonged a group of poets called Imagists. The main contributors to the
poetic style were John Gould Fletcher, Harriet Monroe, Ezra Pound and many others. The most
influential poet in the Imagist movement and the most famous was Ezra Pound. Pound, born in Ohio in
1885, completed two years of college at the University of Pennsylvania and earned a degree from
Hamilton College in 1905. His work had a major influence in famous poets such as Robert Frost and
After graduation, Pound taught for a short time at Wabash College in Indiana and then left for
Europe,where he lived most of his life. His first sum of poetry, “A Lume Spento”, (In which he carried
copies to distributed when he moved to London later that year) was published in Venice in1908. His
second, “The Personae of Ezra Pound”, was published in London in 1909 and was immediately
acclaimed by critics. Pound wrote more than seventy books, contributed to seventy others, and published
more than 1,500 articles.
Being an Imagist, Pound had many strict rules to his style of writing. One of which he stressed
lyricism and was selective in use of words. A lyrical poem is "strongly marked by imagination, melody,
and emotion, and creates a single, unified impression" (Holman, 1986, p. 283). Pound, as well as all
other Imagist poets...
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