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Against the established iambic background which precedes, the initial trochaic
substitution in line 1 constitutes an unexpected reversal of rhythmical movement
which emphasizes the new intensification in Metrical Variations 33.
Finally, trochaic substitution in iambic contexts is the customary metrical
technique for producing the third of our general effects— the effect of sudden
movement or of a surprising emphasis or of a change in direction or tone—
although, as we ...
... startling initial trochee, as in this graffito from a U.S. Army latrine: Soldiers who
wish to be a hero Are practically zero. But those who wish to be civilians, Jesus,/
they run into millions. In medial positions trochaic substitution is fairly frequent, ...
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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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