Free Verse: An Essay on Prosody

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To make sense of "free verse" in theory or in practice, the study of prosody - the function of rhythm in poetry - must be revised and rethought. In Free Verse: An Essay on Prosody, Charles Hartman develops a theory of prosody that includes the most characteristic forms of twentieth-century poetry. Hartman examines nonmetrical verse, discusses the conventions that have emerged in the absence of meter, and shows how these conventions can work prosodically. By analyzing the work of Williams and Eliot - the prosodic ...
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Overview

To make sense of "free verse" in theory or in practice, the study of prosody - the function of rhythm in poetry - must be revised and rethought. In Free Verse: An Essay on Prosody, Charles Hartman develops a theory of prosody that includes the most characteristic forms of twentieth-century poetry. Hartman examines nonmetrical verse, discusses the conventions that have emerged in the absence of meter, and shows how these conventions can work prosodically. By analyzing the work of Williams and Eliot - the prosodic masters among the early modernists - Hartman traces their influence on more contemporary poets. In his exploration of the means by which a poet controls the reader's temporal experience of poetry. Hartman presents an invaluable treatment of the concept of verse.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810113169
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 9/9/1996
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 199
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles O. Hartman is professor of English and Poet in Residence at Connecticut College.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface

Introduction
The Prehistory of Free Verse

Chapter One
Some Definitions

Chapter Two
Accentualism, Isochrony, and the Musical Fallacy

Chapter Three
Free Verse and Prose

Chapter Four
Counterpoint

Chapter Five
The Discovery of Form

Chapter Six
The Discovery of Meter

Chapter Seven
Free Verse and Poetry

Chapter Eight
Some Contemporaries

Appendix
Full Texts of Three Quoted Poems

Notes
List of References
Index

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