Name given to a movement in poetry, originating in 1912 and
represented by Ezra Pound, Amy Lowell, and others, aiming at clarity
of expression through the use of precise visual images. In the early
period often written in the French form Imagisme.
A group of American and English poets whose poetic
program was formulated about 1912 by Ezra Pound--in
conjunction with fellow poets Hilda Doolittle (H.D.), Richard
Aldington, and F.S. Flint--and was inspired by the critical views of
T.E. Hulme, in revolt against the careless thinking and
Romantic optimism he saw prevailing.