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The English language is simply so heavily accented by nature that no other of its
characteristics but accent seems to furnish a basis for meter. Bridges himself has
testified to the strenuous difficulty of thinking and feeling in quantities instead of ...
The English language appears most naturally to organize its rhythms in
ascending patterns: that is, the main instinct in English poetry is for iambic or
occasionally anapestic movements rather than for trochaic or dactylic. 3. Most
English poetry ...
But ultimately we must conclude that, although Old English versification can be
imitated, nothing really like it can be recovered: the language has changed, and
each significant philological change projects us into an altered metrical world in ...
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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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