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Over 180 well-chosen Imagist gems appear in this tribute to the 20th century poetic movement that stressed precise language and individual rhythmic style. This definitive collection includes short verse published between 1913 and 1922 by Ezra Pound, D. H. Lawrence, H. D. (Hilda Doolittle), James Joyce, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, and many others.


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Over 180 well-chosen Imagist gems appear in this tribute to the 20th century poetic movement that stressed precise language and individual rhythmic style. This definitive collection includes short verse published between 1913 and 1922 by Ezra Pound, D. H. Lawrence, H. D. (Hilda Doolittle), James Joyce, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, and many others.

30 review for Imagist Poetry: An Anthology

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    This is one of the best books from the Dover Thrift Editions series that I have read. For a US $3.50 cover price, this little volume provides remarkably thorough coverage of the early twentieth-century Imagist poetry movement, most widely associated with the American poet Ezra Pound. The revelation for me as a reader is that the big names included in this anthology (Pound, James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, and William Carlos Williams) contribute the least interesting work. The real standout poets from This is one of the best books from the Dover Thrift Editions series that I have read. For a US $3.50 cover price, this little volume provides remarkably thorough coverage of the early twentieth-century Imagist poetry movement, most widely associated with the American poet Ezra Pound. The revelation for me as a reader is that the big names included in this anthology (Pound, James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, and William Carlos Williams) contribute the least interesting work. The real standout poets from these pages are Richard Aldington and H.D. (Hilda Doolittle). Perhaps the fact that those two were married had something to do with the respective quality of their work, but in any case, their poems shine out from these pages brightly enough to make the journey well worth the while.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Steve Morrison

    This was the first book of poems I acquired for myself at the age of sixteen or so (very much at random), and it's still a favorite. It introduced me to Wallace Stevens and D. H. Lawrence, two I now can't live without; but it also contains lots of really wonderful poets that I haven't found elsewhere, like Richard Aldington and F. S. Flint. Here's a sample from Aldington (who was married to the much-more-well-known "H.D."): I know you, poplar; I have watched you since I was ten. But if you had a li This was the first book of poems I acquired for myself at the age of sixteen or so (very much at random), and it's still a favorite. It introduced me to Wallace Stevens and D. H. Lawrence, two I now can't live without; but it also contains lots of really wonderful poets that I haven't found elsewhere, like Richard Aldington and F. S. Flint. Here's a sample from Aldington (who was married to the much-more-well-known "H.D."): I know you, poplar; I have watched you since I was ten. But if you had a little real love, A little strength, You would leave your nonchalant idle lovers And go walking down the white road Behind the waggoners. There are beautiful beeches down beyond the hill. Will you always stand there shivering? Isn't that delightful? Lots of hidden treasures to be discovered in this little volume.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Soumitro Roy

    This is one book that shaped my poetry to a better level. It taught me to observe things more minutely. Like zooming in and zooming out more smoothly. The principle of Imagist (as described in introducing this book) tells: 1. Treat the subject directly 2. Use as few adjectives as possible. 3. Hardness of form as that of a cut stone 4. Individuality of rhythm 5. Use of exact words. If we follow these principles wisely, we can write better and clear poems.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Brooke

    I’ll admit, I’m not a huge fan of the Imagist school of poetry. It was an important movement and it did produce good work. Many of the major names are represented here, from Aldington to Williams — that makes it worth reading for anyone interested in these pioneers of the Modern and their wide-ranging influence. As a collection, it covers the movement pretty well. If you like what you read, it can be an excellent introduction and point you toward further explorations. If you don’t, well, you have I’ll admit, I’m not a huge fan of the Imagist school of poetry. It was an important movement and it did produce good work. Many of the major names are represented here, from Aldington to Williams — that makes it worth reading for anyone interested in these pioneers of the Modern and their wide-ranging influence. As a collection, it covers the movement pretty well. If you like what you read, it can be an excellent introduction and point you toward further explorations. If you don’t, well, you have Imagism covered and can move on.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    A strong collection of many poets whose work fits into the "imagism" category including Ezra Pound, Amy Lowell, and Wallace Stevens. We all have our favorites and our less-than-favorites. My only quibble with this collection is that it's organized alphabetically by the poets' last names, which seems an odd choice (versus organizing it chronologically.) Other than that, if you're into imagism, it's worth picking up. A strong collection of many poets whose work fits into the "imagism" category including Ezra Pound, Amy Lowell, and Wallace Stevens. We all have our favorites and our less-than-favorites. My only quibble with this collection is that it's organized alphabetically by the poets' last names, which seems an odd choice (versus organizing it chronologically.) Other than that, if you're into imagism, it's worth picking up.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Molly Moran

    As many other reviewers have pointed out, this might be a disappointing read for anyone who is drawn to imagism specifically for its down-to-earth quality. I felt that the collection was burdened with excessive classical references and some surprisingly clunky language. Still, there are a lot of gems in here!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I found this collection a bit disappointing as I was expecting more poems that were tighter and more "haiku-like." Many of the poems seemed bloated and lavish and maybe not the best work from these extraordinary poets. I found this collection a bit disappointing as I was expecting more poems that were tighter and more "haiku-like." Many of the poems seemed bloated and lavish and maybe not the best work from these extraordinary poets.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    such a new style of prfound poetry for their time -- this group of imagists invented a new way of writing.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    found a new poet to read Ford Madox Hueffer. also, considering what he became, i'm dissappointed in how much i like ezra pound. found a new poet to read Ford Madox Hueffer. also, considering what he became, i'm dissappointed in how much i like ezra pound.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bar

    A nice sampler. I discovered a few "new" poets who piqued my interest A nice sampler. I discovered a few "new" poets who piqued my interest

  11. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I was expecting shorter, tighter, poems than much of what was here, but it was still enjoyable. I can see myself dipping into this every now and then.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Locyan

    most are pretty rubbish dudes getting all sentimental and lame but crapsey and noguichi are cool. ezra pounds barely scrapes in with labile Greek stuff

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ellie Red

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jilian Clearman

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rod Zinkel

  16. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Muñiz

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ольга Тимченко

  18. 4 out of 5

    j.henry

  19. 5 out of 5

    Laura

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  21. 5 out of 5

    Scott Venhuizen

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chris

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kim Lohse

  24. 5 out of 5

    Patriot

  25. 5 out of 5

    Katja

  26. 4 out of 5

    Philroy Spencer

  27. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elsa María

  29. 5 out of 5

    Δημήτρης Μαύρος

  30. 5 out of 5

    Denise Bonetti

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