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Be the first to ask a question about Poetic Meter and Poetic Form. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Poetic Meter and Poetic Form. Apr 26, shriram rated it really liked it. Apr 17, Shane Zimmer rated it it was amazing.
As a novice to the study of meter and form, I found this book interesting, accessible and illuminating. I haven't enough knowledge on the subject yet to agree or disagree with him point by point, but his passion for the study reads clear and his articulation of the ideas becomes quickly lucid. I would equate him with a professor who introduces his students to a new discipline and rather than bore them with academese, he sparks their interest with his enthusiasm and intelligence.
Jan 06, Tiffany added it. Revisiting the classic! Worth the respect due our elders, who will always have worked harder than we and proceeded more responsibly in structuring knowledge. That said, I did laugh at a number of lines--PF is quite witty, yes, but I laughed as much at some of the sheer pluck of schematic meaning assignation and then of concomitant evaluative gouging: "What he produces is very nice, but his stanza surely lacks the dense organism that attaches to a permanent poem.
He actually says that excellence of formal technique rescues "poems from oblivion" As an amateur theologian, I find this difficult to believe. And I'm not the only one bringing up theology here: on the departure from standard forms in 20th century literature, even Fussell gets almost theological: "Some kind of meaningful repetition would seem to be required to save a poem from oblivion. The challenge to contemporary poetry would seem to be a pair of unhappy alternatives; either to contrive new schemes of empirically meaningful repetition that reflects and--more importantly--transmit the color of contemporary experience; or to recover schemes that have reflected the experience of the past.
To do the first would be to imply that contemporary experience has a pattern, a point that most post-Christian thinkers would deny. To do the second would be to suggest that the past can be recaptured, to suggest that the intolerable fractures and dislocations of modern history have not really occurred at all, or, what is worse, to suggest that they may have occurred but that poetry should act as if they have not.
What is wanted is the sort of reconciliation between them that could be effected by another Yeats" I'm after reconciliation, too. Of another sort, I expect. The reader's, too. View 1 comment. Years ago, it was just a required text for an English class, and I sold it or gave it away when the class was done. But I've never forgotten some of the advice, and finally replaced it.
Glad I did. A classic for any reader or writer of poetry. May 17, Andrew rated it really liked it Shelves: poetry , non-fiction. Split into two main sections, Meter and Form per the title. The meter section was useful, but, as another reviewer here has stated, suffers from a glut of examples. It drags on a bit. I found the form section the better of the two: discussions of line, rhyme, stanza, and a selection of standard forms, such as the sonnet of course.
Feb 20, Dawn rated it liked it. Helpful but no imperative. A good explanation of prosody without getting too lofty and decent source for examples. I used the book to help my students scan poems better.
Oct 05, Lisa rated it liked it. Utterly dismissive of anything innovative post-WW2. Sometimes this contempt is valid, sometimes not. Jul 10, Julie G rated it liked it Shelves: academic , poetry.
I never would have learned how to scan poetry without this book. Intensely boring, but lots of good information on writing and scanning poetry. Mar 31, Katrina Sark rated it it was ok. Give pleasure 2. Give coherence 3. Demonstrate skill 4. Fir into a tradition 5. Qualify as poetry 6.
Draw attention to the two words that rhyme p. Two of these are instantly obvious to ear and eye. The free-verse poem establishes a texture without metrical regularity p. Apr 03, Karen rated it it was amazing Shelves: textbooks , poetry. I've been reading poetry for decades, but this was my first detailed view into the technical aspects.
But make no mistake. This is not dry material. Challenging, yes. Boring, no. Fussell ties the mechanics of poetry to meaning and even to the body.
When I first started this book, I became hyper aware of meter everywhere. He has a mix of theory and examples, which helped me understand somewhat! I'm taking a poetry class, and I tried to write a few poems with strict form. Oh, it's so hard! I have an increased respect for poets to focus on meter.
Every poetry uses meter; just some put more of the poem's "energy" there than others. Check out Fussell's book. It's out of print, but there are still some copies floating out there for reasonable purchase. Jun 03, Jeffrey May rated it really liked it. Never expected a academic, textbook assessment of poetic meter to have such excellent writing, and an incisive sense of humor.
This book is not for those interested in easy reading or beach books, but it does offer clear concise explanations of iamb, anapest, trochee, spondee, and more, Never expected a academic, textbook assessment of poetic meter to have such excellent writing, and an incisive sense of humor.
This book is not for those interested in easy reading or beach books, but it does offer clear concise explanations of iamb, anapest, trochee, spondee, and more, along with near perfect examples of successful and not so successful attempts by famous poets.
Jul 13, Maria rated it really liked it Shelves: , summer This is a well-written and engaging survey. I picked up the book to develop my understanding of poetic techniques, and Fussell's organized discussion of meter and form fit the bill. His writing is clear and not overly dense, and he uses plenty of interesting examples, although most of these illustrations come from the canon of white male poets.
Poetic Meter and Poetic Form