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- Why do we call ourselves 'Imagists'. Well why not? Well I think it is a very good and descriptive title and it serves to enunciate some of the principles we mos firmly believe in... Direct treatment of the subject... as few adjectives as possible... a hardness, as of cut stone... individuality of rhythm...
- Modern Poetry and the Imagists in the Egoist, London 1914
- By the sense of mystery I understand the experience of certain places and times when one's whole nature seems to be in touch with a prescence, a genius loci, a potency.
- Introduction to Complete Poems, 1948
- I began to write what I called 'rhythms' ie unrhymed pieces with no formal metrical scheme where the rhythm was created by a kind if inner chant..Later I was told I was writing 'free verse' or Vers libre.
- Introduction to Collected Poems, 1929
- I dream of silent verses where the rhyme
glides noiseless as an oar
- From At the British Museum Collected Poems, 1929