Lecture 8 - Imagism

author: Langdon Hammer, Department of English, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
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The Imagist school is defined, in part through the prose of Ezra Pound. Representative examples of Imagist poetry are examined, particularly Hilda Doolittle's "Garden," "Sea Rose," and "Oread." Pound's early poem, "In a Station of the Metro," and Pound's comment on the poem's composition are studied as Imagist statements. His work with foreign languages, particularly Chinese, is considered in relation to Imagism in the poems "Jewel Stairs' Grievance" and "River Merchant's Wife: A Letter."

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Hilda Doolittle: "Oread," "Sea Rose," "Garden," "Sea Violet," "The Pool," "Mid-Day," "Fragment Sixty-Eight" Amy Lowell: "The Pike" Ezra Pound: "In a Station of the Metro," "The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter, Lament of the Frontier Guard," "The Jewel Stairs' Grievance," "Exile's Letter"


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