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Imagist Poetry

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Krystal Paddock

on 1 October 2013

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Transcript of Imagist Poetry

Imagery in Poetry
...is the language that appeals to the senses.
The ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses
What is perception?
Describe the room. Write several details and use descriptive words.
Get out a sheet of paper and pencil. Get ready to write.
so much depends

a red wheel

glazed with rain

beside the white

The Red Wheelbarrow

William Carlos Williams
Read "So Much Depends" in your books (page 667)
This is an informational text about this poem.
2. What does the writer think
about Williams's view of everyday

3. Do you agree that the poem
checks our yearning for meaning
with the "simple beauty" of the
Among the rain
and lights
I saw the figure 5
in gold
on a red
to gong clangs
siren howls
and wheels rumbling
through the dark city.

The Great Figure
by William Carlos Williams
4. Which poem strikes you as
more purely Imagist? Why?
This is Just to Say
by William Carlos Williams
I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

5. What is an example of imagery from this poem?
6. Is this poem more or less
of an Imagist poem than the
others? Explain.
The Imagist movement included English and American poets in the early twentieth century who wrote free verse and were devoted to "clarity of expression through the use of precise visual images."
The Imagist Movement
Imagism was officially launched in 1912
The first tenet of the Imagist manifesto was "To use the language of common speech, but to employ always the exact word, not the nearly-exact, nor the merely decorative word."
An Imagist anthology was published in 1914 that collected work by William Carlos Williams, Richard Aldington, and James Joyce, as well as H.D. and Pound. Other imagists included F. S. Flint, D. H. Lawrence, and John Gould Fletcher.
You write one.
Pick a common object and you be
the Imagist poet.

*** Remember this should be in free verse.
1. How is imagery used in this poem?
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful.

• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.9 Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-, nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century foundational works of American literature, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics.

• SPI 3003.8.9 Demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics of lyric poetry, epics, sonnets, dramatic poetry, and ballads.

• SPI 3003.8.10 Analyze the development of similar or contrasting themes across two or more literary passages.

Read the informational text "This Is Just to Say" on page 669 in your text book.
7. Why does this writer say that "hardly anybody" took Williams’s Imagist poetry seriously?
8. This writer defines the term throwaway. What is an example of a throwaway poem? What makes this an example of a throwaway poem?
9. How did the writers of the Imagist Movement teat poetry differently than other, more traditional poets? Provide examples.

10. Do you like the poetry we read today? Explain why or why not.
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