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Poetic Meter and Poetic Form by Paul Fussell
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Aug 01, 08

bookshelves: grad-school-masters, language, read-for-class, reference, undergrad, poetry
Read in October, 2003

I don't always agree with some of Fussell's pronouncements, but on the whole he gives a very nice introduction to the principles of prosody. The book's precision is one of it's great strengths, but it can also be a weakness on occasion when it leads to black and white depictions of things that are not so clear-cut. For anyone who is able to occasionally disagree with Fussell without feeling like those points of disagreement invalidate everything else, this book can a wonderful tool for any writer or reader of poetry to learn about the role of meter in English verse.
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