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initial trochee, we often get a strong reinforcement of an effect of sudden quiet, as
in Wordsworth's "It Is a Beauteous Evening": It is a beauteous evening, calm and
free, , The holy time is quiet as a Nun Breathless/ with adoration; or in Keats's ...
A similar tone of the sardonic attaches to Yeats's use of the terminal trochee in "
Among School Children": Better to smile on all that smile, and show There is a
comfortable kind of old/scarecrSw./ And to Auden's disposition of the same
device: I ...
But the terminal trochee has another use, and one wholly different from its
function as a trigger of irony. In a different context it can be used to reinforce a
tone of colloquial "sincerity," to persuade us momentarily that we are in the
presence less ...
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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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