imagist

Topics: Modernism, Imagism, Poetry Pages: 4 (1248 words) Published: March 28, 2014
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Admirably Apt Illustration of Imagist Poetry
H.D.’s Storm

Tara Porczek
Modernism
ENGL- 3222/6
Professor Candida Rifkind
October 27th 2009

Tara Porczek
Modernism
ENGL- 3222/6
Professor Candida Rifkind
October 27th 2009

The Modernist movement was a period of new ideas. In art, particularly poetry, modernism inspired new and revolutionary ideas, forming distinct poetic groups. Through modernism, came Imagism. Imagists rejected traditional poetry such as romantic and futurist and focused on the notion that less is more. Prominent imagist poet Ezra Pound believed, “It is better to present on Image in a lifetime than to produce voluminous works” (Caws, 356). Imagism was a movement of poets within the Modernist era who wanted to write invaluable and immaculate poetry. Through specific ideologies of what a perfect poem should be, notable imagist poet H.D. is labelled as one of the most moving female imagist poets. H.D.’s poem, Storm, truly correlates with imagist principles. Although this poem is not as critically acclaimed as Oread, Storm paints a beautiful literary picture of a common occurrence within the realm of nature. Imagist ideology claims that a successful poem is written directly about its subject, the poem must speak volumes with minimal text and the poem should have a naturally rhythmic structure for ideas to flow melodically without rhyme. With these points, it is evident that H.D’s Storm is a superb sample of Imagist poetry within Modern times.

A golden rule in imagist poetry is that the poem must be a, “Direct treatment of the “thing” whether subjective or objective” (Caws, 352). Imagist poetry focuses on a specific person, place or thing. The poem is set in a natural earthy landscape. Storm is about the affects of harsh winds and their destruction upon trees’ branches and leaves. Every word is directly correlated with aspects of nature. This poem is written in 2nd person point of view. The...

Cited: Manifesto: A Century of Isms. Ed. Mary Ann Caws.
Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2001.
Poetry: A Magazine of Verse. Vol. 5, No. 6.
Chicago: Harriet Monroe. 1915-03.
< http://dl.lib.brown.edu:8081/exist/mjp/show_issue.xq?id=1201884048796875>
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