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Although we will probably never meet a really pure spondee or pyrrhic, in which
the two syllables are of exactly the same weight, there would seem to be no need
for such overscrupulous formulations as the terms "pseudo- spondee" or "false ...
George Crabbe, as if mindful of the use of spondees by Ben Jonson and Pope for
purposes of satire, exposure, and correction, exploits the tradition in "The Village"
to embody the weariness of the country laborers' day: Or will you deem them ...
Although almost any unexpected substitution can be used to signal surprise, to
illuminate a sudden alteration in idea or emotion, or to mark a hiatus or
interruption, the spondee is a favorite foot for this purpose. Frequently it is used in
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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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