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But the terminal trochee has another use, and one wholly different from its
function as a trigger of irony. In a different context it can be used to reinforce a
tone of colloquial "sincerity," to persuade us momentarily that we are in the
presence less ...
By rhyming the words which represent these two rich symbols of technical,
aesthetic opposition, the stanza appears to compare them, while ironically it
actually contrasts them. That is, the sound similarity "says" that they resemble
each other, ...
The first monometer line ("Stay, stay") to which the stanza soon diminishes
establishes an irony which the subsequent mono- meters will echo and parallel.
The irony generated from this first monometer results from the opposition
between the ...
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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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