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Acmeist

Syllabification: Ac·me·ist
Pronunciation: /ˈakmēist
 
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Definition of Acmeist in English:

adjective

Denoting or relating to an early 20th century movement in Russian poetry that rejected the values of symbolism in favor of formal technique and clarity of exposition. Notable members were Anna Akhmatova and Osip Mandelstam.
Example sentences
  • Her collections of poetry Evening, Rosary, White Flock, Plantain, Anno Domini MCMXXI, bringing Acmeist clarity to the delineation of personal feeling, won her enormous renown.
  • Of the early pop groups, Acquarium was the most influential; its lyrics echoed the officially disapproved pre-1914 Acmeist poems, as the official watchdogs were among the first to observe.
  • Gumilev's lyric persona is again hidden behind a mask, this time that of a Chinese poet and philosopher, thereby preserving impersonality, one of the basic Acmeist requirements.

noun

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A member of the Acmeist movement.
Example sentences
  • He, Akhmatova and her first husband Nikolay Gumilev, had founded the Guild of Poets called the Acmeists in 1911.
  • Being a well-read person, he has also been influenced by Acmeists, Imagists and Spanish Modernists.
  • By contrast, the Acmeists demanded a return to clarity, specificity, the concrete.

Derivatives

Acmeism

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Pronunciation: /-ˌizəm/
noun
Example sentences
  • In 1911 she joined the Guild of Poets, the founders of Russian Acmeism, along with Gumilev and Mandelstam.
  • The founder and leader of Acmeism, a modernist poetic school of the second decade of the last century, Gumilev drew on many Western models, particularly French ones.
  • Anna Akhmatova wrote during the Silver Age or Russian Literature, subscribing to the school of Acmeism, founded by her first husband, Nikolai Gumilev.

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