Spring 1957 • Vol. XIX No. 2 Book Reviews |

Imagism and Poetesses

A. Alvarez IMAGISM AND POETESSES POEMS. By Elizabeth Bishop. Houghton Mifflin. $3.50. PREFABRICATIONS. By Josephine Miles. Indiana University Press. $2.75. LITERARY HISTORIANS often play the game of Coincidences; they point out how the great outburst of Elizabethan talent followed the defeat of the Armada, how the Romantic movement followed the French Revolution, and so on. Yet, so far as I know, no one has yet remarked how the rise of the Imagist movement-in England, at least-coincided with the enfranchisement of women. Only at this decent remove have we the hindknowledge to see that it was, in fact, no coincidence. For Imagism was the first full-scale feminist movement in poetry; that is, it was the first school of poetry to be founded on qualities at which women are clearly better than men. Before the Imagists a woman poet had to be very excep- tional indeed to be recognized; she needed either great originality and in- wardness, like Emily Dickinson; or great emotional power, lik

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