An "Image" (note the capital I -anaphora) is that which presents an intellectual and omotional complex in an instant of time... It is the presentation of such a "complex" instantaneously which gives that sense of liberation; that sense of freedom from time limits and space limits; that sense of sudden growth, which we experience in the presence of the greatest works of art. It is better to produce one Image in a lifetime that to produce voluminous works. All this, however, some may consider open to debate. The immediate necessity is to tabulate A LIST OF DON'TS for those beginning to write verses. I can not put them all into mosaic negative. Use no superfluous word, no adjective which does not reveal something. Don't use such an expression as "dim lands of peace. It dulls the image. It mixes an abstraction with the concrete. It comes from the writer's not realizing that the natural object is always the adequate symbol. Go in fear of abstractions. Do not retell in mediocre verse what has already been done in good prose. Don't think any intelligent person is going to be deceived when you try to shirk all the difficulties of the unspeakably difficult art of good prose by chopping your composition into line lengths.