An Exaltation of Forms: Contemporary Poets Celebrate the Diversity of Their Art

An Exaltation of Forms: Contemporary Poets Celebrate the Diversity of Their Art

by Annie Ridley Crane Finch
     
 


Fifty poets examine the architecture of poems—from the haiku to rap music—and trace their history
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Fifty poets examine the architecture of poems—from the haiku to rap music—and trace their history

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ISBN-13:
9780472097258
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
02/20/2002
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
IMeters
Accentual Verse15
Syllabics: Sweeter Melodies24
Counted Verse: Upper Limit Music32
Iambic Meter39
Blank Verse46
Anapestics52
Running with Abandon: Some Notes on Trochaic Meter59
Dactylic Meter: A Mary-Sounding Sea66
Free Verse73
All Composed in a Meter of Catullus: Hendecasyllabics81
Pronouncing "Carpenter": Quantitative Meter in English86
Off the Main Road: Some Maverick Meters95
IIStanzas
"The Bravest Sort of Verses": The Heroic Couplet107
The Self-Engendering Muse: Terza Rima116
The Quatrain122
Sapphics132
Ottava Rima141
Spenser's Eponymous148
The Decima: A Poetic Journey from Spain to New Mexico156
IIIReceived Forms
The Folk Ballad167
The Ballade: Exquisite Intricacy180
The Blues188
Taking Shape: The Art of Carmina Figurata198
Gists, Piths, and Poison-Pills: The Art of the Epigram206
Ghazal: To Be Teased into DisUnity210
Haiku217
Hip-Hop Rhyme Formations: Open Your Ears223
Japanese-Style Linked Poems228
Form Lite: Limericks and Clerihews238
A Wand Made of Words: The Litany Poem242
Musical Form and Formalist Poetry247
The Pantoum's Postcolonial Pedigree254
Strange Tales and Bitter Emergencies: A Few Notes on the Prose Poem262
The Metrics of Rap272
Rondeaux and Roundels279
Sestina: The End Game290
The Sonnet297
Triolet: Trippingly on the Tongue308
Gymnastics: The Villanelle314
IVPrinciples for Formal Experimentation
Organic Form325
Fractal Amplifications334
Performance Poetry341
Beyond Found Poetry352
The List Poem359
Procedural Poetry: The Intentions of Nonintention366
Nude Formalism: A Sampler379
Oulipian Poetry385
Two American Verse Forms: The Cinquain and the Quatern391
The Low Coup as a Contemporary Afro-American Verse Form394
The Paradelle396
Predetermined Avant-Garde Forms400
Bibliography: Sources for Further Reading413
Contributors417
Acknowledgments426
Index of Names435

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