All the Fun's in How You Say a Thing An Explanation of Meter and Versification

ISBN-10: 0821412604
ISBN-13: 9780821412602
Edition: N/A
Authors: Timothy Steele
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List price: $24.95
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 4/30/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 377
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Perfect for the general reader of poetry, students and teachers of literature, and aspiring poets, All the Fun’s in How You Say a Thing is a lively and comprehensive study of versification by one of our best contemporary practitioners of traditional poetic forms. Emphasizing both the coherence and the diversity of English metrical practice from Chaucer’s time to ours, Timothy Steele explains how poets harmonize the fixed units of meter with the variable flow of idiomatic speech. He examines the ways in which poets have used meter, rhyme, and stanza to communicate and enhance meaning. Steele illuminates as well many practical, theoretical, and historical issues in English prosody, without ever losing sight of the fundamental pleasures, beauties, and insights that fine poems offer us. Written lucidly, with a generous selection of helpful scansions and explanations of the metrical effects of the great poets of the English language, All the Fun’s in How You Say a Thing is not only a valuable handbook on technique; it is also a wide-ranging study of English verse and a mine of entertaining information for anyone wishing more fully to write, enjoy, understand, or teach poetry.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Metrical Norm and Rhythmical Modulation
Scansion and Metrical Variation
Additional Sources of Rhythmical Modulation, Including Enjambment, Caesural Pause, and Word Length
The Story of Elision, Including the Famous Rise, Troublesome Reign, and Tragical Fall of the Metrical Apostrophe
Boundless Wealth from a Finite Store: Meter and Grammar
Rhyme
Stanzas
Trochaic and Trisyllabic Meters
Alternative Modes of Versification in English
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Permissions and Copyrights
Index

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