Principles of the Imagist

Question Description



Part 1 – Length 200 words

Choose 1 of the 6 Imagist Poets and read their poems from this collection. You can review more about your poet and the Imagist movement in the Unit 2 Intellipath Lesson: ‘Some Imagist Poets’.

In the preface, Amy Lowell describes the 6 Principles of the Imagist movement. Use these to answer these questions on the discussion board:

  1. The principles indicate that Imagist poets wanted to use common language. Was there any language your found unclear or fanciful? What is a modern, common word you could use to replace it?
  2. Imagist poets believed in freedom of topic. What are some of the topics your poet chose to write about?
  3. Which image from the poems did you find most compelling and why?

Part 2 – Length 10 lines

Create your own imagist poem. Be sure to use common, clear language to create poetic rhythm and imagery.

  • Choose a modern topic you think your poet would be interested in if they were alive today.
  • Write a poem of 10 lines.
  • Include imagery and sensory language (e.g., sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste).
  • Post your poem on the Discussion Board.

ASSIGN 2 300-500 WORDS

Author Charlotte Perkins Gilman experienced post-partum depression. In the late 1800’s this lead to a rest treatment that, she felt, nearly drove her insane. In response to that incident she wrote the short story, The Yellow Wallpaper, and began a career of supporting women’s rights and health issues. Review the Unit 3 Intellipath Lesson ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ to learn more about this story and context of the time.

Begin by reading The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Based on your reading, answer the following questions:

  • What is the main conflict of this story?
  • How does the author use imagery to convey her opinion of this mental health treatment?
  • Imagine that you are in the story – as you are today – would you have unlocked the room to release her? Why or why not?
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman underwent this treatment, yet she chose a fictional account to encourage innovation in the healthcare field. Why do you think she chose a first person fiction story instead of a first person nonfiction account based on her true story?

ASSIGN 3 300- 500 WORDS

Read ONE of the following literary texts:

  • Up From Slavery: An Autobiography by Booker T. Washington
    • Review this video (9 min) for more information on this title:
    • Selected Reading assignment: Chapter I A Slave Among Slaves, Chapter IV Helping Others, Chapter XI Making Their Beds Before They Could Lie On Them
    • Link to PDF
  • Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
    • Review this video (7 min 30 sec) for more information on this title:
    • Selected Reading assignment: Chapter I Ancestry and Early Life in Boston, IX Plan for attaining Moral Perfection, XVIII Scientific Experiments
    • Link to PDF
  • An Autobiography by Catherine Helen Spence
    • Review this video (8 minutes) for more information on this title:
    • Selected Reading assignment: Chapter I Early Life in Scotland, Chapter V Novels and Political Inspiration, Chapter XI Wards of the State
    • Link to PDF
  • Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman
    • Review this video (9 min) for more information on this title:
    • Selected Reading assignment: Chapter 1 The Call of the Homestead, XXIV Thoughts That Stole Out of Prison, XLVIII Last Days
    • Link to PDF

Step 3: On the Unit 4 Discussion Board answer the following questions about your selected reading:

  • Which literary text did you select and why?
  • What is your first impression of the author based on reading a chapter from their work? What do you notice about the author’s language and choice of topic(s)?
  • Identify an innovative idea that the author expressed. How does the author convey that idea and is the author effective in doing so? Is there a relation between that idea and concerns we face today?


Literature is an ever evolving art form. The expansion of new technology from the printing press to the internet has altered how ideas and values are expressed in writing. In recent years more professionals and experts are able to share experience, innovation, and insight through self-published informal writing known as blogs. This electronic platform allows the author to become a leader and mentor for those with like-minded interests. In this assignment you will write your own blog entry related to your field of study inspired by the content of this course.

Here are some examples to review:

Step 1: Identify an issue related to your program that interests you and then create an innovative suggestion to address that issue.

Step 2: Reflect on the learning from this course to connect how your study of literature inspired your suggestion and helped your ability to express your ideas about this issue.


Section 1: Thoughtful Reflection
Based on your study in this course, explain the impacts of literacy habits. Use examples from our work this session to support your main ideas where appropriate. Reflect on the course materials, Intellipath content, and discussion board assignments to inform your answers to the following questions. (400 words)

  1. What are the benefits of including poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in your reading list?
  2. Which reading assignment benefited you most this session and why?
  3. What is one way that you can improve your literacy habits?

Section 2: Cultivating a Reading ProfileIn this section, we will test our skill to create a reading list we can use for personal and professional development. Consider a topic that you would like to know more about. It can even address a skill that you would like to improve such as leadership, public speaking, or deeper understanding of a concept.

Select 6 readings that may support your endeavor and complete the following chart:

Title Genre + Format Summary and Rationale Where did you find it at?
(Include the name of the work and the author) (Identify if it is nonfiction, fiction, or poetry. Then identify if it is a book, blog, novel, article, webpage, etc.) (Give a short explanation on what it is about and how it will support your development) (Identify how you found this information; did you use a search engine? Did you ask a friend or librarian? Etc.)

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