All the Fun's in How You Say a Thing An Explanation of Meter and Versification
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Description: 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 4/30/1999
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
|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|
|Trochaic and Trisyllabic Meters|
|Alternative Modes of Versification in English|
|Permissions and Copyrights|