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These are some of the obvious conventions of these arts, and these conventions
originate in the fact of the very artificiality of art. A stage is not a room, and we
know it; a painting is not three- dimensional; granite is not like flesh. The way art ...
tion," the very concept of artistic convention "traces its origin to imperfection— not
to the fault of the craftsman, but to the limitation of the craft. Since art never
imitates nature quite perfectly, there must be a margin of error: an allowance for ...
And emphasizing the empirical check on all literary theorizing, he concludes: "
The notion that convention shows a lack of feeling, and that a poet attains '
sincerity' . . . by disregarding [convention], is opposed to all the facts of literary
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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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