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Which is to say that regardless of the amount and quality of intellectual and
emotional analysis that precedes poetic composition, in the moment of
composition itself the poet is most conspicuously performing as metrist. And the
same principle ...
W. H. Auden is a superb metrist, and we are not surprised that he has fully
mastered this device. Here he exploits it twice in succession in "In Memory of
W. B. Yeats": Intellectual disgrace Stares from/every human face, And the seas of
pity lie ...
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,"
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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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