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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.
|Ch. 1||Metrical Norm and Rhythmical Modulation||27|
|Ch. 2||Scansion and Metrical Variation||52|
|Ch. 3||Additional Sources of Rhythmical Modulation, Including Enjambment, Caesural Pause, and Word Length||94|
|Ch. 4||The Story of Elision, Including the Famous Rise, Troublesome Reign, and Tragical Fall of the Metrical Apostrophe||116|
|Ch. 5||Boundless Wealth from a Finite Store: Meter and Grammar||151|
|Ch. 8||Trochaic and Trisyllabic Meters||221|
|Ch. 9||Alternative Modes of Versification in English||246|
|Permissions and Copyrights||349|
Posted May 28, 2002
I would definitely not recommend this book to beginners. Don't get me wrong, it's probably the best book on prosody out there, but it can be difficult reading. The book is loaded with information, and Steele's knowledge on the subject comes through. But it isn't the book I'd start with. But if you have a general idea of form and meter, then there is no better book to strengthen and teach you. Part One, on iambic verse, should be read by any serious poet. The only problem I found with the book is that Steele uses a lot of Old English, Middle English, and foreign language examples, where I think something we all can sound out would have been a better choice. Still, for anyone who is serious about poetry, this is a book that should be read and studied.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 24, 2001
Outstanding discussion of rhythm and meter, which corrects many of the misunderstandings which have crept into prosodic teaching in the last century, most notably the concept that writing five iambs shows a lack of imagination, rhythmic ineptitude, or slavery to form. It does not, as Mr. Steele demonstrates.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.