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The result of this strictness is a metrical medium of some rigidity and inflexibility,
but at the same time of considerable compressive power. The accentual-syllabic
system is the general mode of versification employed by conservative prosodic ...
We must exercise a historical consciousness in pronouncing sounds if we are to
recover and relive the original schemes of versification. And if we are concerned
with accurate and critically meaningful scansion, we must become skeptical of ...
Whatever the degree to which the modern iambic pentameter line "remembers"
the stress scheme of Old English versification, these essentials of structural
alliteration and invariable medial caesura pose problems to contemporary poets
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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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