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Imagism was an early twentieth century poetic movement that emphasized clear, direct language. Language could be symbolic and allegorical, yet it also had to be succinct. If the essence of an object, setting, or cultural movement could be reduced to a few words, then a verse of Imagist poetry required only those few words and nothing more, no meter and rhyme to complicated and decorate the poetry. Regarded as one of the foremost modernist poets, Williams wrote in a unique imagist style. He took a “show, don't tell” approach to his poetry. Imagism in its succinctness and the “show, don't tell” approach seems to be very close to haiku. Below are examples of imagist poems by 3 prominent imagist poems. Do these inspire you? Share your haiku / tanka / haibun inspired by imagist poems / poets . In a Station of the Metro by Ezra Pound THE apparition of these faces in the crowd; Petals on a wet, black bough. Epitaph by William Carlos Williams An old willow with hollow branches slowly swayed his few high gright tendrils and sang: Love is a young green willow shimmering at the bare wood's edge. Autumn Haze by Amy Lowell
Is it a dragon fly or maple leaf That settles softly down upon the water? Looking forward to read...