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Published on December 15, 2008

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The Importance of Words The Imagist Movement

“Imagism”: A definition “Clarity of expression through the use of precise verbal images” This movement was popular from 1910-1917

“Clarity of expression through the use of precise verbal images”

This movement was popular from 1910-1917

Main Tenets of Imagism Be economic in your word use—every word in your poem must have a specific use. Otherwise…get rid of it! Be direct. Don’t talk around the idea. “Compose in sequence of the musical phrase.” In other words, use free verse instead of sticking to a specific rhythm.

Be economic in your word use—every word in your poem must have a specific use. Otherwise…get rid of it!

Be direct. Don’t talk around the idea.

“Compose in sequence of the musical phrase.” In other words, use free verse instead of sticking to a specific rhythm.

Some Imagist Poets Ezra Pound H.D. (Hilda Dolittle) Amy Lowell William Carlos Williams

Ezra Pound

H.D. (Hilda Dolittle)

Amy Lowell

William Carlos Williams

Example of Imagist Poetry so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens. William Carlos Williams “Red Wheelbarrow”

so much depends upon

a red wheel barrow

glazed with rain water

beside the white chickens.

William Carlos Williams “Red Wheelbarrow”

Effects on Poetry All poetry is somewhat imagist. Words are important because poetry is usually short. Poets are artists who use words to paint pictures in our minds. If we can understand the imagery in a poem, we will usually come closer to understanding the poem as a whole.

All poetry is somewhat imagist. Words are important because poetry is usually short. Poets are artists who use words to paint pictures in our minds. If we can understand the imagery in a poem, we will usually come closer to understanding the poem as a whole.

Assignment Choose a poem from one of the authors we’ve studied during our poetry unit this year. I will have copies for you of the poem you decide on. More than one person can do the same poem. Look at the images in your poem. Decide what you think your poem might look like. Create a movie using Windows moviemaker or imovie. (If you don’t have one of those, you can use PowerPoint.) Save your movie file onto my computer. I will put the file onto our class blog. You will be required to watch at least 5 other movies and comment on them. How did your understanding of the poem change based on the visual representation of it?

Choose a poem from one of the authors we’ve studied during our poetry unit this year. I will have copies for you of the poem you decide on. More than one person can do the same poem.

Look at the images in your poem. Decide what you think your poem might look like.

Create a movie using Windows moviemaker or imovie. (If you don’t have one of those, you can use PowerPoint.)

Save your movie file onto my computer. I will put the file onto our class blog.

You will be required to watch at least 5 other movies and comment on them. How did your understanding of the poem change based on the visual representation of it?

References Clark, Robert. “Imagism.” The Literary Encyclopedia . http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=542 Williams, William Carlos. “Red Wheelbarrow.” Norton Anthology of American Literature . Ed. Nina Baym. 2001. “ Imagism.” Wikipedia . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imagism

Clark, Robert. “Imagism.” The Literary Encyclopedia . http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=542

Williams, William Carlos. “Red Wheelbarrow.” Norton Anthology of American Literature . Ed. Nina Baym. 2001.

“ Imagism.” Wikipedia . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imagism

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