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Indeed, this last example happily exhibits the different effects produced by the
initial trochee when it coincides with different syntactical elements. The initial
verbal trochee of line 3 (Look'd at) functions, like Milton's, to transmit an effect of ...
A similar tone of the sardonic attaches to Yeats's use of the terminal trochee in "
Among School Children": Better to smile on all that smile, and show There is a
comfortable kind of old/scarecrow./ And to Auden's disposition of the same device
: I ...
There is something in the literary ambitions of late eighteenth and early
nineteenth-century lyric that urges it toward the terminal trochee to reinforce its
effects of simplicity and sincerity. We find a suggestion of the "sincere" terminal
trochee 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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