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... suggests by this reminiscence of formal caesura practice is that a domestic
rural disaster is being raised to the elevation of extremely formal art. We can
contrast, on the other hand, the practice of T. S. Eliot in "Journey of the Magi".
Here the ...
It is commonly thought that blank verse is a more informal mode than the heroic
couplet, but in his Irene, Samuel Johnson writes end-stopped blank verse lines
which generate a much more formal atmosphere than the run-on rhymed
Most poems will exhibit very little that we can admire as real formal excellence,
which is to say that in few poems will both the meter and the form act as organic
elements of accurate meaning. Nor should we feel pangs of shame or guilt at ...
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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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