Poetic Meter and Poetic Form
Random House, 1979 - Literary Criticism - 188 pages
"This book might be required reading for all students of poetry because it makes wonderfully clear the relationship of metrics to the formal achievement of meaning ... Fussell's command of his subject and his never-failing common sense will guarantee ... enrichment for anyone who takes the time to read this book."--Frank Lentricchia, Jr., PoetryDonated by Prabu Vasan.
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A spoken syllable manifests at least four phonetic qualities : pitch ( highness or
lowness on the musical scale ) ... that the line To me the meanest flower that
blows can give consists of alternating “ accented ” and “ unaccented ” syllables .
If accentual meters like Yeats ' s and Auden ' s are regarded as “ loose iambic , ”
we can begin to invoke the term " strict iambic " as the number of both accents
and syllables becomes regularized - that is , as the accentual moves toward the ...
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 ...
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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
The Nature of Meter
The Technique of Scansion
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