Meaning of Acmeist in English:


Pronunciation /ˈakmiːɪst/


  • Relating to or denoting an early 20th-century movement in Russian poetry that rejected the values of symbolism in favour of formal technique and clarity of exposition. Notable members were Anna Akhmatova and Osip Mandelstam.

    ‘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.’


  • A member of the Acmeist movement.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘The leading Acmeists were Gumilev, Anna Akhmatova, and Osip Mandelstam.’
    • ‘Australia's own independent and combative literary tradition has led to the present range of Australian poetry, enhanced by influences ranging from the Acmeists to Williams and Ashbery.’
    • ‘If the Symbolists and Acmeists revered the past, the Futurists - at least the Cubo-Futurists, who represented the most extreme of several Futurist camps - claimed to reject it entirely.’
    • ‘Formed as a reaction to the Symbolist movement, the Acmeists, as they became known, called for a return to the use of clear, precise and concrete imagery.’
    • ‘Kuzmin had already broken earlier with Gumilev and the Acmeists and, therefore, he was compelled to look for contact with ‘independent’ publishing organizations.’
    • ‘The nucleus of the group later became known as Acmeists, the manifesto for which was written by Mandelshtam in 1913.’
    • ‘Six poets Gumilyov, Akhmatova, Osip Mandelshtam, Sergey Gorodetsky, Vladimir Narbut and Mikhail Zenkevich joined forces, calling themselves the Acmeists.’
    • ‘For example, the book includes three wonderful versions of Akhmatova, every bit as muscular as their originals and with something of the compact yet vivid Russian of the Acmeists.’
    • ‘She was a leading light in a group of poets known as Acmeists.’
    • ‘Because the Acmeists (like the American Imagists) broke with exhausted conventions and vague mysticism, Mandelstam is sometimes mistaken for a chilly realist.’
    • ‘Bagritsky's first poems were in imitation of the Acmeists, a literary group of the early 1900s that advocated a concrete, individualistic realism, stressing visual vividness, emotional intensity, and verbal freshness.’