Acmeists ăk´mēĭsts [key], school of Russian poets started in 1912 by Sergei M. Gorodetsky and Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev as a reaction against the mysticism of the symbolists. The school aspired to concreteness of imagery and clarity of expression. The leading Acmeists were Gumilev, Anna Akhmatova , and Osip Mandelstam .

See L. I. Strakhovsky, Craftsmen of the Word: Three Poets of Modern Russia.

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