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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 ...
... the spondee is a favorite foot for this purpose. Frequently it is used in
juxtaposition with a pyrrhic, which serves to prepare for the spondee as if by
depriving us of a stress and thus making us desire two in succession all the more.
Gavin Ewart ...
Paul Fussell. Less abundantly encountered is what can be regarded as the
opposite effect— depending on the second of our general principles— namely,
the reinforcement of illusions of rapidity, lightness, or ease by the use of the
pyrrhic foot ...
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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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