Exaltation of Forms Contemporary Poets Celebrate the Diversity of Their Art

ISBN-10: 0472067257

ISBN-13: 9780472067251

Edition: 2002

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At once handbook, reader, and guide to the literary tastes and wisdom of poets, An Exaltation of Forms is an indispensable resource certain to find a dedicated audience among poetry lovers. The editors invited over fifty contemporary poets to select a poetic meter, stanza, or form, describe it, recount its history, and provide favorite examples. The essays represent a remarkably diverse range of literary styles and approaches, and show how the forms of contemporary English-language poetry derive from a wealth of different traditions. The forms range from hendecasyllabics to prose poetry, haiku to procedural poetry, sonnets to blues, rap to fractal verse. The range of poets included is equally impressive--from Amiri Baraka to John Frederick Nims, from Maxine Kumin to Marilyn Hacker, from Agha Shahid Ali to Pat Mora, from W. D. Snodgrass to Charles Bernstein. Achieving this level of eclecticism is a remarkable feat, especially given the strong opinions held by members of the various camps (e.g., the New Formalists, LANGUAGE poets, feminist and multicultural poets) that exist within today's poetry community. Poets who might never occupy the same room here occupy the same pages, perhaps for the first time. The net effect is a book that will surprise, inform, and delight a wide range of readers, whether as reference book, pleasure reading, or classroom text. Annie Finch is Associate Professor of English, Miami University of Ohio. She is the author of http://www.press.umich.edu/titles/10405.html http://www.press.umich.edu/titles/10405.html"
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Book details

Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 2/20/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.716

Accentual Verse
Syllabics: Sweeter Melodies
Counted Verse: Upper Limit Music
Iambic Meter
Blank Verse
Running with Abandon: Some Notes on Trochaic Meter
Dactylic Meter: A Mary-Sounding Sea
Free Verse
All Composed in a Meter of Catullus: Hendecasyllabics
Pronouncing "Carpenter": Quantitative Meter in English
Off the Main Road: Some Maverick Meters
"The Bravest Sort of Verses": The Heroic Couplet
The Self-Engendering Muse: Terza Rima
The Quatrain
Ottava Rima
Spenser's Eponymous
The Decima: A Poetic Journey from Spain to New Mexico
Received Forms
The Folk Ballad
The Ballade: Exquisite Intricacy
The Blues
Taking Shape: The Art of Carmina Figurata
Gists, Piths, and Poison-Pills: The Art of the Epigram
Ghazal: To Be Teased into DisUnity
Hip-Hop Rhyme Formations: Open Your Ears
Japanese-Style Linked Poems
Form Lite: Limericks and Clerihews
A Wand Made of Words: The Litany Poem
Musical Form and Formalist Poetry
The Pantoum's Postcolonial Pedigree
Strange Tales and Bitter Emergencies: A Few Notes on the Prose Poem
The Metrics of Rap
Rondeaux and Roundels
Sestina: The End Game
The Sonnet
Triolet: Trippingly on the Tongue
Gymnastics: The Villanelle
Principles for Formal Experimentation
Organic Form
Fractal Amplifications
Performance Poetry
Beyond Found Poetry
The List Poem
Procedural Poetry: The Intentions of Nonintention
Nude Formalism: A Sampler
Oulipian Poetry
Two American Verse Forms: The Cinquain and the Quatern
The Low Coup as a Contemporary Afro-American Verse Form
The Paradelle
Predetermined Avant-Garde Forms
Bibliography: Sources for Further Reading
Index of Names
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