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In addition to the strictly dissyllabic substitutions we have been considering, lines
can also be varied by the addition or subtraction of unaccented syllables: these
variations are accomplished, we can say, by trisyllabic or monosyllabic ...
Such a scansion is appropriate for reasons of historical accuracy: in the
eighteenth century the substitution of trisyllabic for dissyllabic feet is not
conceived to be in good form, and our scansion of such poems should reflect as ...
Nineteenth Century: The great phenomenon in nineteenth-century English
versification is the rejection of strict accentual-syllabism in favor of accentualism.
This is to say that the use of trisyllabic substitution in duple metrical contexts
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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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