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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