Imagist Poetry

The Red Wheelbarrow

so much depends

a red wheel 

glazed with rain

beside the white

			--William Carlos Williams

In a Station of the Metro

The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.

			--Ezra Pound


The City

In the morning the city
Spreads its wings
Making a song
In stone that sings.

In the evening the city
Goes to bed
Hanging lights 
Above its head.

			--Langston Hughes

The Toaster

A silver-scaled dragon with jaws flaming red
Sits at my elbow and toasts my bread.
I hand him fat slices, and then, one by one,
He hands them back when he sees they are done.

			--William Jay Smith

Apartment House

A filing cabinet of human lives
Where people swarm like bees in tunnelled hives,
Each to his own cell in the covered comb,
Identical and cramped -- we call it home.

			--Gerald Raftery

You are going to describe something metaphorically
without naming the object explicitly.
Pick an everyday object from around the house, such as a 
dryer or iron. 
Now list some things that it reminds you of or that it 
could be like.
Now all you have to do is write four lines to describe 
your object.
Your lines could rhyme AA BB just the last two above or 
your poem
might rhyme only two lines or perhaps not rhyme at all.


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