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ImagismWhat are the characteristics of imagism?

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copland | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 30, 2012 at 5:45 PM via web

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What are the characteristics of imagism?

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arghyapikai | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Honors

Posted May 8, 2013 at 1:39 AM (Answer #4)

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Free verse Imagery Common speech and language Everyday occurrences important in the lives of common people. Metaphors and other literary devices Describes a single moment in time
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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 30, 2012 at 9:11 PM (Answer #2)

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Some of the main characteristics of imagist poems are free verse and lack of rhyming pattern.  It was a modern movement, so there was an attempt to move away from traditional poem forms and conventions.  The idea was also to transform poetry from the sickly sentimental poetry that came before.

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mwalter822 | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted May 31, 2012 at 2:41 PM (Answer #3)

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The imagists also focused on the "image," hence the name, by using very carefully chosen and revealing language. Look at the William Carlos Williams' poem, "The Red Wheelbarrow":

so much depends
a red wheel
glazed with rain
beside the white
So few words, but such sharp images.


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