physical poetry

      poetry (such as Imagist poetry) that is primarily concerned with the projection of a descriptive image of material things, as in the poem “Sea Poppies” (1916) by Hilda Doolittle (Doolittle, Hilda) (H.D.):

Amber husk
fluted with gold,
fruit on the sand
marked with a rich grain,

treasure
spilled near the shrub-pines
to bleach on the boulders:

your stalk has caught root
among wet pebbles
and drift flung by the sea
and grated shells
and split conch-shells.

Beautiful, wide-spread,
fire upon leaf,
what meadow yields
so fragrant a leaf
as your bright leaf?

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

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