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A poetic foot is a measurable, patterned, conventional unit of poetic rhythm.
Because the idea of the foot has been imported into modern accentual-syllabic
scansion from classical quantitative practice, quarrels about its nature and even
A poem written prevailingly in iambic or anapestic feet is said to be in ascending
or rising rhythm: the rhythm is so called because the reader is presumed to feel,
in each foot, an "ascent" from a relatively unstressed syllable to a relatively ...
Paul Fussell. Less abundantly encountered is what can be regarded as the
opposite effect— depending on the second of our general principles— namely,
the reinforcement of illusions of rapidity, lightness, or ease by the use of the
pyrrhic foot ...
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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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