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This is surely an exquisite poem, but it is not an exquisite "sonnet": the only thing
that takes place in the white space between the two parts is an ascent to a slightly
higher plateau of abstraction. The white space does not partake of the dramatic ...
Another way of saying the same thing is to suggest that the white space between
stanzas means something. If nothing is conceived to be taking place within it, if
no kind of silent pressure or advance or reconsideration or illumination or ...
The first stanza holds us firmly within the present time, and prepares us to ask the
question which the white space implies: "What has happened?" In answering that
question, the second stanza executes a subtle shift of time, beginning in ...
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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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