According to the introduction, which is in itself a good enough reason to pick up this slim volume, few Imagist poets were in fact Imagists and they wrote few poems seriously conforming to the Imagist manifesto, but what they did share in common was being refreshingly not-Victorian and the impact of their work was primarily that not many subsequent poets were Victorian either. This was a good thing and some great poets are represented in this collection but their poems, or to be more cautious, their selected material in this volume, are mostly thin stuff to my mind. It is in later work and other poets that the rewards of Imagism are to be found, in poets who not only discarded redundancy but also had plenty to say. Still, even here there are pearls to reward the patient reader, of which this [this poem, this reader] is one.Intimates
D H LawrenceDon't you care for my love? she said bitterly.
I handed her the mirror, and said:
Please address these questions to the proper person!
Please make all requests to head-quarters!
In all matters of emotional importance
please approach the supreme authority direct! -
So I handed her the mirror.
And she would have broken it over my head,
but she caught sight of her own reflection
and that held her spellbound for two seconds
while I fled.