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... expected iambic feet: An ag/ed man/Is but/a pal/ try thing,/ A tat/tefed c6at/fip6n/
a stick,/ unless/ S6ul clip/ Its hands/ Snd si'ng,/3nd 16ud/Sr sing/ For ev/ery tat/tSr
In/ its m6r/tai dress/. . . . Line 1 has a pyrrhic in the third position; line 2 a pyrrhic ...
One way of describing the metrical situation of line 6 here would be to call the
line an iambic-based hexameter with only one iambic foot (the second) , and with
bold pyrrhic substitution in the first, third, and sixth positions. Whichever way we ...
By making his "fast" pyrrhic-substitution line one foot longer than his "slow"
spondaic-substitution line, Pope is showing off: he is deliberately making his job
as hard as possible; he is performing the metrical equivalent of shouting, "Lookl
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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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