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In graphic scansion, which is the kind we shall be using, the reader affixes the
symbol «- to syllables which, in their context, are unstressed; he uses the symbol '
to indicate syllables which, in context, are stressed. A division between poetic
Hopkins wanted his poetry to be stronger than standard poetry or prose, and he
conceived that strength resides in stress. He thus devised sprung rhythm to
provide his poems with a majority of stressed syllables. As he says, "Why, if it is ...
The standard poetic line in Old English consists of four strongly stressed syllables
arranged, together with any number of unstressed syllables, in two hemistichs (or
half-lines) of two stresses each. Stressed syllables frequently alliterate, and ...
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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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