imagism – the principles


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

Amy Lowell
The 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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