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In metrical criticism the important principle to keep in mind is that 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 ...
poet toward certain fixed forms and away from others. Knowing what the very
form implies in and of itself, regardless of what is done with it, is always one of the
poet's guides. We have already seen that the eighteenth-century poet tended to ...
something important has happened to the poet's posture toward received poetic
forms. What it is has been suggested recently by J. V. Cunningham in "The
Problem of Form." The poet's attitude toward fixed metrical and stanzaic forms, ...
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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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