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Shakespeare's Metrical Art

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This is a wide-ranging, poetic analysis of the great English poetic line, iambic pentameter, as used by Chaucer, Sidney, Milton, and particularly by Shakespeare. George T. Wright offers a detailed survey of Shakespeare's brilliantly varied metrical keyboard and shows how it augments the expressiveness of his characters' stage language.
Paperback, 363 pages
Published November 18th 1991 by University of California Press (first published August 2nd 1988)
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Megan
In general, meter is not an easy topic to talk (or read) about. It is dry, confusing, and subject to individual scansion so a definitive answer is often not readily available. Wright does a wonderful job of guiding his reader down the history of iambic pentameter, and explaining its parts and functions to a reader who may not be nearly as interested in this topic as he is. As one of these types of readers, I especially appreciated the time Wright took to explain the rise of pentameter from Chauc ...more
Tom Delise
This is the bible for those interested in learning all there is to learn about poetic scansion.
Keith
Blank verse is uniquely versatile long-line form. Although a long line, it isn’t symmetrical (like a hexameter or octometer) so it doesn’t easily lend itself to being divided into two equal halves (and thus becoming two tetrameters). Yet it isn’t so long that you can’t say it in one breath. And as a long-line (non-lyric/song) form it is also flexible enough to express a wide range of moods and emotions, from philosophical questions to anguish.

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Harper Curtis
“And I said, with rapture, Here is something I can study all my life, and never understand.” The epigraph is from Beckett. This book, by a poet, is a sensitive study, which is never pedantic. Every poet and poetry lover should study it closely.
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