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Here the substitutions serve both to relieve the metrical monotony of the long-
continued, unvaried iambic pentameter and to allow the rhythmical structure to "
give" and shape itself according to the rhetorical pressures of the statement. And
Against the established iambic background which precedes, the initial trochaic
substitution in line 1 constitutes an unexpected reversal of rhythmical movement
which emphasizes the new intensification in the speaker's address to his listener.
proposition that the American idiom is unique and that it thus requires a unique
rhythmical garment, not one simply imported without alteration from the very
different tonalities of the British language, Williams asserted: "We must break
down the ...
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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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