between World Wars

The powerful war poetry of 1914–1918 rather submerged Imagism, but following the war it re-emerged as a force in ideas put forward by the American poet, William Carlos Williams:

  • ‘no ideas but in things’
  • ‘the invisibility of the poet’
  • use of the ‘montage effect’


These ideas are illustrated in one of his best known poems.

The Red Wheelbarrow (1923)          
so much depends

a red wheel

glazed with rain

beside the white
William Carlos Williams

In Britain, Basil Bunting stressed that even the sparest poetic statements need to have music in them.

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