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Paul Fussell. In this third metrical system, both the accents and the syllables are
measured and numbered, and the mensuration is often conceived of in terms of
feet, that is, conventional patterns or units of stressed and unstressed syllables.
In graphic scansion, which is the kind we shall be using, the reader affixes the
symbol w to syllables which, in their context, are unstressed; he uses the symbol '
to indicate syllables which, in context, are stressed. A division between poetic
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 ...
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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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