Versification A Short Introduction

ISBN-10: 087013096X
ISBN-13: 9780870130960
Edition: Reprint 
Authors: James McAuley
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Description: Versification: A Short Introductionis written by one of Australia's most distinguished poets. The book discusses poetic meter, and may be the only source you need. McAuley devotes a short chapter to versification based on accent, syllable count,  More...

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Book details

List price: $10.95
Publisher: Michigan State University Press
Publication date: 8/31/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 84
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Versification: A Short Introductionis written by one of Australia's most distinguished poets. The book discusses poetic meter, and may be the only source you need. McAuley devotes a short chapter to versification based on accent, syllable count, free verse and "classical" meters, but the book as a whole focuses on metrical verse and its constant reference back to stress in normal speech - it suceeds in showing meterical verse as a natural outgrowth of what we do naturally. This dispels quickly any sense of the esoteric - poetry is of and for people in general not for a special literati. After establishing meter in the normal sphere of speech, McAuley then discusses how abstract meterical patterns are actually applied and how variety is added to avoid a sing-song effect. 

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