Richard Aldington

English writer and poet (1892–1962)

Richard Aldington (8 July 189227 July 1962), born Edward Godfree Aldington, was an English writer and poet. Aldington was best known for his World War I poetry.

Aldington by Howard Coster, 1931

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  • Why do we call ourselves 'Imagists'. Well why not? Well I think it is a very good and descriptive title and it serves to enunciate some of the principles we mos firmly believe in... Direct treatment of the subject... as few adjectives as possible... a hardness, as of cut stone... individuality of rhythm...
    • Modern Poetry and the Imagists in the Egoist, London 1914
  • I dream of silent verses where the rhyme
    Glides noiseless as an oar.
    • From At the British Museum Collected Poems, 1929
  • By the sense of mystery I understand the experience of certain places and times when one's whole nature seems to be in touch with a prescence, a genius loci, a potency.
    • Introduction to Complete Poems, 1948
  • I began to write what I called 'rhythms' ie unrhymed pieces with no formal metrical scheme where the rhythm was created by a kind if inner chant..Later I was told I was writing 'free verse' or Vers libre.
    • Introduction to Collected Poems, 1929
  • Patriotism is a lively sense of collective responsibility. Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on its own dunghill.
    • The Colonel’s Daughter (1931) pt. 1, ch. 6

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