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We can see what was happening if we compare a passage from Donne's "Fourth
Satire" with a passage of what Pope called his "versification" of it. Donne speaks
of a courtier thus: Therefore I suffer'd this; Towards me did run A thing more ...
All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who
knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose
beauty is past change: Praise him. This is surely an exquisite poem, but it is not
to transform the thing set spinning from a top, which we would expect, into a "toy,"
which we do not expect, but which proves to be perfect. "Toy" prevents the idea of
the toy top ever to vanish entirely from our imagery, while at the same time it ...
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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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