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Here again we must proceed without much more certainty than saying that stress
is the vocal emphasis with which a syllable is spoken— either aloud or silently—
relative to the emphasis received by contiguous syllables. But to call stress ...
The pattern of natural emphasis in a sentence— or in any temporal unit
constituting a delimited segment of time— looks like this: with "1" representing the
most interesting moment and "3" the least. The skilled prose writer cooperates
with this ...
Indeed, his inattention to the natural emphasis pattern of the line seems a
corollary of a larger structural insensitivity: we will surely inquire long before we
discover the principle of stanzaic division in "Loot." In matters of emphasis, then,
we find ...
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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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