Poetic meter and poetic form

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Random House, 1979 - Fiction - 188 pages
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Excerpts from distinctive poems illustrate the author's appreciation of the metrical and formal aspects of poetry

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User 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

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User 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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About the author (1979)

Paul Fussell is the author of, among other works, Class and The Great War and Modern Memory, which won both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named by the Modern Library as one of the twentieth century 's one hundred best nonfiction books. He lives in Philadelphia.

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