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This step involves allowing our scansions to reveal, where appropriate, the force
of the abstract metrical pattern which presumably lies behind the actual rhythms
of the words. As Joseph Malof has said recently: "One kind of energy in poetic ...
wrestling of abstract patterns with actual prose rhythms. The result is a
compromise recorded in the scansion, which must therefore be sensitive to both
opposing forces. Scansion should indicate, as far as possible, both the degree to
which the ...
At least two kinds of temptation toward mis-scansion offer themselves when we
permit a scansion to register the metrical as well as the actual rhythm: there is first
the general difficulty of knowing what the dominant meter of a line is and the ...
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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
The Nature of Meter
The Technique of Scansion
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