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for Magistrates, deploys the spondee to reinforce effects of size: the domain of
Pluto is described as The wide/waste plac/es and the hugy plain. The technique
of Pope's literary yawns and longueurs is foreshadowed by Edmund, in King Lear
In his Life of Pope, Samuel Johnson, always skeptical of the claims of "
representative meter," exulted to point out that the last line— a so-called
alexandrine— is "by one time [i.e., foot] longer" than the line depicting Ajax's
labors, and that it ...
Although the best poets of the early eighteenth century (poets like Dryden, Prior,
Gay, Swift, and Pope) largely maintained the Renaissance tradition of expressive
variation, even they could not help responding to the regularistic climate: they ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - rooze - LibraryThing
This is, indeed, an authoritative guide to meter and form. However, Fussell's arrogance had me running to other equally authoritative yet substantially less elitist sources. Try Mary Oliver's Rules of the Dance or Stephen Fry's The Ode Less Travelled instead. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - michaelm42071 - LibraryThing
This is not the first book to read on the subject of how form assists meaning in poetry; for that I would go back to John Ciardi’s How Does a Poem Mean? But Fussell’s book is a good, succinct one for ... Read full review
part one Poetic Meter
The Nature of Meter
The Technique of Scansion
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