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Imagists


5 People in sitter grouping:

In 1912, the poet and critic Ezra Pound sent a poem by Hilda Doolittle to the Poetry magazine, signed H.D.Imagiste. This signature is widely recognized as the establishment of a group of English, Irish and American poets in London, whose work was defined by a distillation and economy of language. Consciously moving away from the decorative language of the Georgian poets, their free verse looked back to classical poetry to evoke the modern world. Critics and poets demanded an accurate presentation of subjects and the manifesto set out 'To use the language of common speech, but to employ always the exact word, not the nearly-exact, nor the merely decorative word'. In 1914, Des Imagistes: An Anthology was published and included the poems of James Joyce and D H Lawrence. The movement had dissolved by 1917, but their ideas would have an enduring effect on poetry throughout the 20th Century.

Ford Madox Ford

1873-1939
Writer and critic
Sitter in 2 portraits

James Joyce

1882-1941
Novelist, poet and playwright
Sitter in 7 portraits

David Herbert ('D.H.') Lawrence

1885-1930
Novelist and poet
Sitter in 18 portraits

John Cournos

1881-1966
Writer
Sitter in 3 portraits

Ezra Pound

1885-1972
Poet
Sitter in 5 portraits