Imagism in Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams and Marianne Moore

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Q) What philosophy do Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams and Marianne Moore share?

A) Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams and Marianne Moore were all modernist poets. Modernist poetry deals with experiment and innovation. All three were imagists, though at a later stage, William Carlos Williams started disagreeing with Ezra Pound.

Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound was the most aggressive of the modernist poets, who made “Make it new!” his battle cry. He turned to classical Chinese poetry as his source for inspiration. He was the most influential figures of the modernist period, and influenced contemporaries like W. B. Yeats, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, H. D, James Joyce, Ernest Hemmingway, and most importantly,
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William Carlos Williams

Following Pound, Williams was one of the principal poets of the Imagist movement. His poetry became more concise, imagistic and colloquial in the mid-1910s. He was writing free verse that paralleled and was undoubtedly influenced by Pound’s Imagist prescription for compression and concreteness. Williams’ use of Nature as a subject, part of his romantic inheritance, exemplifies Pound’s dictum that “the natural object is always the adequate symbol”. In The Tempers (1913) Williams moved away from his old poetic mode toward the Imagist urban pastorals of Al Que Quiere! (1917). This volume is now recognized as Williams’ first significant movement into a modernist poetics. The best poems that came as a result of Williams’ imaginative breakthrough were Spring and All, To Elsie, and The Red Wheelbarrow, which assert the importance of attention to overlooked people and things of American culture. Dadaistic irrelevance is apparent in the typographical irregularities, non-linear arrangement of chapters and incomplete sentences.

Let us take The Red Wheelbarrow for an imagist analysis.

so much depends


a red wheel


glazed with rain

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