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In addition to the strictly dissyllabic substitutions we have been considering, lines
can also be varied by the addition or subtraction of unaccented syllables: these
variations are accomplished, we can say, by trisyllabic or monosyllabic ...
is caused by the feminine rhyme, and we must scan the lines as if each contained
, at the end, a supernumerary syllable. Such a scansion is appropriate for
reasons of historical accuracy: in the eighteenth century the substitution of
trisyllabic for ...
This is to say that the use of trisyllabic substitution in duple metrical contexts
becomes the technical hallmark of the age, just as the careful avoidance of
trisyllabic substitution had been the rhythmical sign of eighteenth-century poetry.
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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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