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But to-day, To-day we have naming of parts. . . . Since ordinary people, and least
of all noncommissioned officers, do not speak metrically, to present them
speaking metrically is to transform them from creatures of nature into creatures of
Given the nature of each metrical contract, the reader tends to do certain things
and not others as he reads. I. A. Richards has emphasized likewise the way the
reader's response is determined and governed by the first lines of any poem.
Ammons's "Corson's Inlet" (1965) is an instructive example of this apparently
natural alliance between technique and theme. This quiet, meditative poem
consists of 128 enjambed lines, varying in length from one to fifteen syllables.
The rhythm ...
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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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