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In contexts unrelated to poetry, an ideogram is a character or symbol that represents a thing or an idea without expressing its pronunciation. For example, many street signs—such as those in the U.S. representing “construction ahead,” “handicap parking,” or “no parking”—are ideograms. Ideograms that use pictures rather than letters or letterlike symbols are sometimes known as pictograms. Poetic ideograms In poetry, an ideogram is a group of juxtaposed words and phrases meant to represent a feeling or an idea. Ezra …

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= in poetry, a metrical foot consisting of one accented syllable followed by two unaccented ones.


Imagism was a short-lived school of poetry that emphasized clarity and precision and rejected verbiage and sentiment. At the center of the movement was Ezra Pound, who was influenced in his thinking by a group of London poets and philosophers, among them T.E. Hulme, whose essay, “Romanticism and Classicism,” was seminal to the movement. In his essay, Hulme foretells a classical revival in poetry. Rejecting Romanticism—which he argues is based upon the mistaken idea that a human is “an infinite …

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