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... the poet creates whole poems rather than the elements of poems: it is not his
work to present "beautiful rhythms" but beautiful— that is, wholly coherent—
poems in which the rhythms perfectly fuse with the many other sources of
The actual length of the lines becomes an indispensable element of meaning.
The contribution of line length to meaning is a phenomenon which underlies a
whole tradition of exotic "shaped" poems: 184 PART TWO • POETIC FORM.
On the relation between rhyme structures and structures of logical meaning.
wimsatt, w. k., jr., and monroe c. beardsley, "The Concept of Meter: An Exercise in
Abstraction," PMLA, LXXIV (1959), 585-98. A defense of the "homely and sound,
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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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