Rhyme's Reason: A Guide to English Verse / Edition 3

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Overview

In this classic text, the distinguished poet and critic John Hollander surveys the schemes, patterns, and forms of English verse, illustrating each variation with an original and witty self-descriptive example. This substantially expanded and revised edition includes a section of examples taken from centuries of poetry that exhibit the schemes and patterns he has described.
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Editorial Reviews

G. E. Murray
The most useful guide of its kind in years. It is at once comprehensive, lucid, concise, and fun.
John Reardon
Marvelously comprehensive, clarifying and useful, [and] . . . also a delight to read.
Richard Wilbur
Discussions of prosody usually make for yawns and heavy eyelids, but John Hollander’s book, now usefully augmented, is a sparkling performance. He defines and illustrates the forms and means of English verse in such a way as to teach us, also, the spirit of play which animates even the gravest poem.
Richard Wilbur
A sparkling performance. [Hollander] defines and illustrates the forms and means of English verse in such a way as to teach us, also, the spirit of play which animates even the gravest poem.
G. E. Murray
The most useful guide of its kind in years. It is at once comprehensive, lucid, concise, and fun.
Chicago Sun-Times
John Reardon
Marvelously comprehensive, clarifying and useful, [and] . . . also a delight to read.
Los Angeles Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300088328
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 154
  • Sales rank: 372,484
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition ix
Introduction 1
Schemes 3
Verse Systems 4
Accentual-Syllabic Verse 5
The pentameter line and others 5
Versification 11
Monostich 11
Blank verse 12
Fourteeners 13
Rhyming 14
Couplets 15
Tercets 16
Quatrains 16
Other stanzaic forms 17
Kinds of sonnet 19
Accentual Meters 21
Old English 22
Sprung rhythm 22
Skeltonics 22
Pure Syllabic Verse 23
Haiku 24
Cinquain 25
Free Verse 26
Aberrant Forms 30
Antiverse 30
Pattern-poem 31
Concrete poem 32
Ode Forms 33
Quantitative Verse 34
Classical Meters and Their Adaptations 35
Elegiacs 36
Alcaics 36
Hendecasyllabics 36
Acrostics 37
Echo verse 37
Repetitive Structures 37
Carol and refrain 37
Villanelle 40
Sestina 40
Ballade 42
Rondeau 43
Triolet 43
Pantoum 43
Blues and thirty-two bar standard song 44
Comical Schemes 46
Limerick 46
Clerihew 46
Double-dactyl 47
Rhetorical Schemes 48
Epic simile 48
Zeugma 48
Anacoluthon 48
Apostrophe 48
Anaphora 48
Homoeoteleuton 48
Chiasmus 49
Variation and Mimesis 50
Imitative form 52
Representative versification 53
More on Rhyming 54
Anomalous rhyming 55
Laisses 56
Line indentation 57
Blank-verse sonnet 59
Uncommon Schemes 60
Unequal couplet 60
Pushkin's stanza 60
Canzone 61
Rondel and roundel 64
Rondeau redouble 65
Accentual hexameters 66
Ad hoc rhythms 66
Leonine Rhyme 67
Rhopalics 67
Tanka 68
Pantun 68
Ghazals 68
Luc-bat 70
Appendix 71
Patterns in Practice 87
Suggestions for Further Reading 137
Index 139
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