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Line 1 has a pyrrhic in the third position; line 2 a pyrrhic in the third; line 3 a
spondaic (or perhaps trochaic) substitution in the first position; and line 4 a
pyrrhic in the third. Here the substitutions serve both to relieve the metrical
monotony of the ...
Finally, trochaic substitution in iambic contexts is the customary metrical
technique for producing the third of our general effects— the effect of sudden
movement or of a surprising emphasis or of a change in direction or tone—
although, as we ...
In medial positions trochaic substitution is fairly frequent, although not as
common as at the beginning of lines. It is often used like the medial spondee to
reinforce images of sudden action, as in Book IV of Paradise Lost, where
speaking jointly ...
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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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