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Rules for the Dance by Mary Oliver
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A good introduction to poetic meter/prosody, though Mary Oliver can be a bit precious at times (the dancing metaphor, while fitting, gets a little tired after a while). I strongly recommend this book over The Sounds of Poetry by Robert Pinsky. Oliver's occasional preciousness is far more tolerable (and, indeed, kind of endearing) than Pinsky's occasional arrogance. For a more rigorous study of prosody I recommend Poetic Meter and Poetic Form by Paul Fussell.

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September 22, 2007 – Shelved
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December 1, 2007 – Finished Reading
February 23, 2008 – Shelved as: poetry

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