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As we can see from this example, the difficulty of the iambic tetrameter couplet
lies in the relative shortness of the lines: by the time the poet gets a base properly
established in each line, he has run out of feet where substitutions might occur.
We can observe here the way the final heroic couplet, as it does in the
Shakespearean sonnet, tempts the poet who arrives ... The standard form is two
tetrameter couplets followed by semantically attached trimeters, the whole
rhyming aabccb, ...
Although he has written his poem in a continuous sequence of iambic tetrameter
couplets, Marvell has separated the three elements of his argument into three
indented verse-paragraphs, and, more important, he has proportioned each ...
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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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