The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics, Including Odd and Invented Forms, Revised and Expanded Edition

The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics, Including Odd and Invented Forms, Revised and Expanded Edition

by Lewis Putnam Turco
     
 

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For decades Lewis Turco’s The Book of Forms has been standard in the libraries of writers, teachers, scholars, and others who care about the craft of poetry. Now Turco has expanded and updated “the poet’s bible” once again, this time incorporating a collection of “odd and invented forms,” which adds many interesting ancient and

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For decades Lewis Turco’s The Book of Forms has been standard in the libraries of writers, teachers, scholars, and others who care about the craft of poetry. Now Turco has expanded and updated “the poet’s bible” once again, this time incorporating a collection of “odd and invented forms,” which adds many interesting ancient and modern prosodies and forms with new examples written by contemporary poets old and young. Turco presents “The Rules of Scansion,” discusses the “levels” of poetry—the typographical, the sonic, the sensory, and the ideational—and proffers the ever-useful “Form-Finder Index.”

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“The book is easy to use and exhaustive almost to a fault when it comes to verse forms used by poets writing in English. . . . Recommended.”—Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611680355
Publisher:
University Press of New England
Publication date:
12/13/2011
Edition description:
Revised & expanded ed.
Pages:
456
Sales rank:
512,690
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

LEWIS PUTNAM TURCO is an emeritus professor of English, and founding director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center and of the Department of Creative Writing at the State University of New York College at Oswego. He has published original books of criticism, drama, fiction, memoirs, reference, and twenty-six collections of his poems.

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