Compton looks at the undercurrents of Impressionism and how this visual perception influenced the whole of modern verse by unsettling the then contemporary way of using poetry.
Looking at Ross, she brings these items into consideration - items that appear as markers in his work and that can work as signposts along the route to Imagism:
- A preoccupation with Nature in terms of those elements which mark its CHANGEABILITY.
- WATER is the most frequent natural element, reflecting changeability.
- IMAGES regarded as the purest acts of perception.
- Use the RIGHT FORM for the RIGHT CONTENT, fit them together to produce something with a NEW DIMENSION. Synthesis.
- Presentation and re-presentation of an object in successive stanzas to give the essence of transitoriness.
- Individual images have monumental presence.
- A poet places herself as a poetic figure in a certain ambiance or poetic habitat which she colors emotionally.
- Technical aspects of Imagism include: lines that elaborate or qualify the preceding line; an effort to break down the sequential nature of a poem; weighting each word with equal value; searching for simultaneity.
- Use of SHORT LINES.
- Textual exploration of the world using COLOR, LIGHT and PLANE.
- ACUTE AWARENESS OF JUNCTURES - the moment between stasis and change.