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Since 1968 Lewis Turco's Book of Forms has been a staple in the libraries of writers, teachers, poets, and others who care about the craft of poetry. The 160-page first edition was followed in 1986 by the 292-page New Book of Forms, one of UPNE's Top Ten Best Sellers. Now Turco has expanded and updated his classic once again, adding many new forms, including the ghazal, rubliw, double dactyl, Clerihew, amphigory, backwoods boast, and quaternion. Twenty percent larger than before, it now includes six in-depth prosodic essays and an entirely new discussion of the rules of scansion.

The Elements of Poetry section has been reorganized into three genres: Dramatic, Lyric, and Narrative. Many new poems from English and American literature have been added or substituted in order to provide clear examples of all terms and forms to be found in the book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525472094
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/23/1968
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

LEWIS TURCO is Emeritus Professor of English and founding director of the Program in Writing Arts at State University of New York at Oswego, and also of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center. A prolific, award-winning author, he has published 21 collections of his own poems, including The Shifting Web: New and Selected Poems (1989) and a book of literary criticism, Visions and Revisions of American Poetry (1986). His poetry, fiction, drama, and essays have appeared in most of the literary magazines and in over 100 anthologies and books, most recently in World Poetry, edited by Katharine Washburn and John S. Major (1998). His most other books include The Book of Literary Terms (1999).
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition ix
Part I. The Elements of Poetry
Introduction 3
Modes of Writing 4
The Levels of Poetry 4
Prosody 5
The Typographical Level 6
The Sonic Level 9
Prose Poetry 9
Isoverbal Prosody 15
Parenthetical Prosody 16
Syllabic Prosody 20
Accentual Prosody 21
Accentual-Syllabic Prosody 32
The Sensory Level 55
Descriptions and Similes 55
Metaphors 61
Rhetorical Tropes 67
The Ideational Level 68
Chapter Glossary 69
Part II. Form-Finder Index
Introduction 93
Specific Forms 94
General Forms 100
Part III. Traditional Verse Forms
Dramatic Poetry 109
Lyric Poetry 120
Narrative Poetry 286
Bibliography 303
Index 313
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