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We could say that the poet who accomplishes such lines is a wholly different poet
from the one who composed "O Captain!," and it is metrical analysis that helps us
perceive the difference. As we have seen, triple meters, as in "Annabel Lee," ...
In metrical criticism the important principle to keep in mind is that the poet creates
whole poems rather than the elements of poems: it is not his work to present "
beautiful rhythms" but beautiful— that is, wholly coherent— poems (sometimes ...
The poet always faces choices, but in some ages more choices will invite him
than in others. And even though the forms can be said to persist always, in a
world of pure idea, some forms are usable at certain times but not at others. It is
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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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