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A succession of stressed syllables without the expected intervening unstressed
syllables can reinforce effects of slowness, weight, or difficulty; 8. A succession of
unstressed syllables without the expected intervening stressed syllables can ...
An illusion of sheer physical power, on the other hand, is the effect of the initial
trochee which reinforces the active verbs in Adam's speculations in Book X about
the operations of lightning: Or by collision of two bodies grind The Air attrite to ...
In a different kind of context it can be used to reinforce a tone of colloquial "
sincerity," to persuade us momentarily that we are in the presence less of a poetic
illusionist assembling an artifact than that of a simple, straightforward speaker
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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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