imagism


The principles of Imagism

  • An image is that which presents an intellectual and emotional complex in an instant of time
  • Use no superfluous word, no adjective, which does not reveal something
  • Go in fear of abstractions
  • Use neither ornament nor good ornament
  • Don’t be viewy – leave that to the writers of pretty little philosophical essays. Don’t be descriptive, remember that the painter can describe a landscape better than you do
  • Don’t chop your stuff into separate iambs. Don’t make each line stop dead at the end and then begin every line with a heave
  • Don’t mess up the percepètion of one sense by trying to define it in terms of another

Ezra PoundIn a station of metro
The apparition of these faces in the crowd,
Petals on a wet, black bough.

Amy LowellThe bungles
You glow in my heart
Like the flames of uncounted candles
But when I go to warm my hands,
My clumsiness overturns the light,
And I stumble
Against the tables and chairs

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