The Fourth Imagist: Selected Poems of F.S. Flint

The Fourth Imagist: Selected Poems of F.S. Flint

The Fourth Imagist: Selected Poems of F.S. Flint

The Fourth Imagist: Selected Poems of F.S. Flint

Synopsis

This is the first time that a substantial and representative selection of Flint's poetry has been collected. The Introduction supplies important biographical information, and traces how Flint became involved, along with Ezra Pound, Richard Aldington, and H.D., in the Imagist project. There are sixty-three poems drawn from Flint's three published collections of poetry--In the Net of the Stars (1909), Cadences (1915), and Otherworld (1920), and a further twenty-two uncollected or previously unpublished poems, making eighty-five poems in all. The Introduction also offers a sustained and illuminating discussion of the evolution of Flint's art through three volumes. In addition, there are five appendices, among them Flint's important essays, "Imagisme" and "The History of Imagism." The book seeks to establish Flint as a significant contributor to early Modernist poetry, i.e., Imagism, and to reassess the qualities and achievement of an undeservedly overlooked poet.

Excerpt

“Frankie is another study.”

Ezra Pound (letter to Michael Roberts, July 1937)

UNLIKE THE MAJORITY OF HIS LITERARY CONTEMPORARIES, FLINT HAS never been the subject of a full-length biographical or critical study. Instead, he has appeared as an ever-present (and sometimes, substantial) “footnote figure” in books on such literary figures as Richard Aldington, H.D., T. S. Eliot, Ford Madox Ford, Robert Frost, T. E. Hulme, Amy Lowell, Harold Monro, Harriet Monroe, Ezra Pound, May Sinclair, et al., not to mention the references to him in countless critical surveys focusing on imagism and early modernism.

This book aims to further the process of repositioning Flint closer to the heart of early modernism in England.

For all Flint’s poems that appeared in the four imagist anthologies of 1914–17 I have given the form in which they exist in those anthologies (these anthologies would have afforded Flint’s poems a far more extensive readership than would have been the case with Cadences and Otherworld). I have supplied, in accompanying endnotes, variants of these poems as they occur in Cadences and Otherworld. All the poems in In the Net of the Stars, and all other poems from Cadences and Otherworld, are given as published in those volumes.

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