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close at/ the ear/of Eve,/" spits out not elements of harness but the nastier
elements of himself: Whether in florid impotence he speaks, And, as the prompter
breathes, the puppet squeaks; Or at the ear of Eve, familiar Toad, Half froth,/half ...
... the octave's images of real-estate and worldly principalities and well-
conducted travel to the sestet's infinitely more exciting images of discovery, b6th
of a new planet and of a whole new ocean. The turn releases us from the element
of earth, ...
Another general principle of poetic form which experience tends to confirm is this:
the shorter the poem, the more perfect we expect to be its accommodation of form
to its other elements. Formal perfections, indeed, bear a different relation to ...
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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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