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Hulme, Thomas Ernest. (1883 - 1917).

L i f e

- a critic and later a war correspondent for The New Age

- enlisted in WW I, killed in action

W o r k

- promoter of Modernist poetry: founded Imagism, assisted by the birth of Vorticism

- a poet: x but: wrote few poems, mostly in the Imagist style

- a literary theorist: distinguished between Romanticism x Classicism

(a) Romanticism: a belief in the infinite in man and nature ("spilt religion")

(b) Classicism: a belief in human finitude and restraint ("dry hardness")

< influenced by the philosophy of Henri Bergson

> his ideas directly influenced Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot

A Lecture on Modern Poetry (1908):

- delivered to the Poet's Club whose member and secretary he was

- advocates free verse

The Complete Poetical Works of T. E. Hulme (1912):

- refers to the five poems published half-mockingly and half-seriously by Ezra Pound in The New Age under this title

- the title symbolically argues for the virtues of Imagist minimalism

> "Autumn", "Mana Aboda", "Conversion", "Above the Dock", and "Embankment"


"Above the quiet dock in midnight, / Tangled in the tall mast's corded height, / Hangs the moon. What seemed so far away / Is but a child's balloon, forgotten after play."

"Above the Dock" (1912).


(Photo: First World War com).

  • Author

    Thomas Ernest Hulme. (1883 - 1917). British.
  • Work

    Poet. Literary theorist. Inspired Imagism.
  • Genres

    Modernism. Imagism. Vorticism.


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