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With references to the poem "Autumn" by T. E. Hulme, consider the ways in which either Symbolist and/or Imagist poetry breaks from the norms of earlier poetry.

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First, we need to look at the Symbolist and Imagism movements in poetry. What are they, and how are they different from earlier poetic movements?

Symbolist poetry began in France as a response to the majority of poetry that was being produced at the time. During this period, poetry was often focused on nature, and it was understood that poetry was meant to represent reality. However, Symbolist poets believed that poetry could go deeper than surface realism. As the name might suggest, this kind of poetry was open to more symbols, was generally more sentimental, and played on the senses.

Imagism appeared a century after the Symbolist movement. This form of poetry moved away from meter and rhyme into language that matched everyday speech; Imagist poetry focused more on images in order to convey abstract ideas.

Hulme was a leader among the Imagist poets, perhaps even more instrumental than Ezra Pound (who is often credited with begetting Imagism) in establishing the form of the movement. Hulme...

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