Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Ezra Pound's Imagism Manifesto

The pluralism we enjoy in contemporary arts has left no space for the universalising manifesto but there is something about Pound's dogmas that I find useful when writing poetry. Of all the grand aesthetic statements offered by the modernists its probably a credit to Pound's conciseness that his had the most enduring impact.


1. Direct treatment of the "thing" whether subjective or objective.
2. To use absolutely no word that does not contribute to the presentation.
3. As regarding rhythm: to compose in the sequence of the musical phrase, not in sequence of a metronome.

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