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The technique of the Thomson passage is very close to that of the end-stopped
heroic couplet: we are moved forward by line units and almost by syntactical units
of predictable length and weight, and the effect is one of closure, of taking up a ...
The "heroic couplets" of Keats, on the other hand, bear very little resemblance to
Pope's, or to Chaucer's, or to Dryden's: notice the boldness of enjambment in "
Endymion": Full in the middle of this pleasantness There stood a marble altar,
rhyming ababbcc: it consists of a heroic quatrain and one and one-half heroic
couplets. It is associated with the narration of high and noble matters. Chaucer
used it in "Troilus and Criseyde," "The Parlement of Foules," "The Clerk's Tale,"
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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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