In order to discuss what possibly would modern poets such as Wallace Stevens, Robert Creeley, or Margaret Atwood think of imagist poetry, one should start by examining their works on the subject of imagism influence. First, the Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird is a poem written by Wallace Stevens that utilizes the techniques commonly used by imagist poets defined by Ezra Pound. In particular, Pound’s statement on imagism suggested that poets should exact words that relate to the poem’s subject without any additional information.
That could be illustrated by Pound’s famously short poem In a Station of the Metro, which does not have any additional themes other than the poem’s main message. Stevens’ poem continuously returns to the observation of the blackbird while also using a melodic sentence structure rather than fowling a strict rhythm, emphasizing Stevens’ connection with imagism. Feminism poet Margaret Atwood’s work called This is a Photograph of Me also includes the Imagist technique in following one specific theme. The poem focuses on describing a photograph without concerning the bigger picture and the details of reasons behind the poem’s main character’s death.
Robert Creeley represents a projectivist group of modern poets who based their works on the form of projective verse, which involved developing the poems around the breathing cycle. Creeley’s poem The Door, for Robert Duncan, is written in sentences that do not have any rhymes. As the Imagism movement was a pioneer of disregarding rhyme rules in poetry, Creeley’s work could also be connected to the imagists’ works. In particular, a poem that similarly followed a strong structure without limitations of rhythm and rhyme is Marianne Moore’s The Fish.