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... feel as if physically exhausted when we have read this couplet. It makes us one
with Ajax. Throughout his career Pope seemed to treasure the device of spondaic
substitution as one of the most effective techniques in his rhythmic repertory.
Epistle to Arbuthnot" through double spondaic substitution: Just writes to make
his barrenness appear, And strains from hard-/bound brains,/eight lines/a year.
And the assonance which links strains, brains, and eight associates the three
In Paradise Lost the rebel angels who explore the infernal regions are put
through a round of spondaic exercises which imply ... And it seems typical of
Milton's practice in spondaic substitution to return to a very pronounced iambic
regularity to ...
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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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