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And a comment of T. S. Eliot's can serve as a caution against the assumption that
a poet's metrical decisions, because presumably instinctive and automatic, are
somehow immune to criticism and even to analysis. Writing to Cleanth Brooks ...
And a different kind of spondaic comedy, the result of a focus on heaviness rather
than on sheer size, attends the remark of the speaker in Eliot's "Portrait of a Lady"
: w f~ r r w w My smile/falls heav/ily /among the bric-a-brac. Ever since the ...
We can gauge the amazing force of the initial trochee which is made to coincide
with an active verb by comparing one of Eliot's passages with the original to
which it alludes. Goldsmith's When lovely woman stoops to folly, And finds too
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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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