A micro-anthology of Imagist poems by non-Imagist poets

  1. In the desert, Stephen Crane, ‘In the desert/I saw a creature, naked, bestial…’
  2. A Wish, Christina Rossetti, ‘Or shadow of a lily stirred/By wind upon the floor’
  3. The Embankment, T.E. Hulme, ‘The old star-eaten blanket of the sky’
  4. Follow thy fair sun, Thomas Campion, ‘Follow thy fair sun, unhappy shadow’
  5. Early haiku translations in English
  6. The Frog, Francis Ponge, ‘Let her flee with her nervousness. Her legs are pretty.’
  7. On the Metro, C.K.Williams, ‘how literally golden young women can look at the end of summer.’
  8. This Moment, Eavan Bolard, ‘Stars rise./Moths flutter./Apples sweeten the dark.’
  9. One Girl, Sappho, ‘Like the wild hyacinth flower which on the hills is found,/Which the passing feet of the shepherds for ever tear and wound,/Until the purple blossom is trodden in the ground.’

2 thoughts on “A micro-anthology of Imagist poems by non-Imagist poets

  1. The most striking image I carry in mind from my schooldays was Ozymandias, with his sneer of cold command, and the sands.

    I remember The Journey of the Magi being packed with images.

    Since school: I like the images in Larkin’s An Arundel Tomb, contrasting with its crackerjack ending:

    Our almost-instinct almost true:
    What will survive of us is love.

    This comment probably demonstrates that I have no real idea what a non-Imagist poet is.
    I suppose I should look it up.


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