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All this accretion of irony and derision which attends the terminal trochee when it
appears in a generally skeptical context can be exploited by a skillful
contemporary metrist like Donald Hall; in "Christmas Eve at Whitneyville, 1955,"
And finally, no one works in alabaster without some aspirations toward
permanence. By rhyming the words which represent these two rich symbols of
technical, aesthetic opposition, the stanza appears to compare them, while
ironically it ...
The first monometer line ("Stay, stay") to which the stanza soon diminishes
establishes an irony which the subsequent monometers will echo and parallel.
The irony generated from this first monometer results from the opposition
between 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
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