Poetic Rhythm: An Introduction / Edition 1

Poetic Rhythm: An Introduction / Edition 1

by Derek Attridge
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Cambridge University Press
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Poetic Rhythm: An Introduction / Edition 1

This is the first introduction to rhythm and meter that begins where students are: as speakers of English familiar with the rhythms of the spoken word, nursery rhymes, song and rap. Poetic Rhythm builds on this knowledge and experience, moving from basic questions about the rhythms of spoken English to the elaborate achievements of past and present poets. Terminology is straightforward and there are frequent practical exercises. Poetic Rhythm will help readers of English poetry experience and enjoy its power, subtlety and diversity, and will serve as an invaluable tool for those who write or discuss poetry in English.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521423694
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/28/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgments; On using this book; 1. The rhythms of poetry: a first approach; 2. The rhythms of spoken English; 3. Dancing language; 4. Stress verse and strong-stress verse: counting the beats; 5. Syllable-stress verse: versatility and variation; 6. Major types of syllable-stress verse; 7. Free verse: metrical and rhythmic analysis; 8. Phrasal movement; Appendix 1. Scansion; Appendix 2. Glossary; Appendix 3. Sources of examples; Appendix 4. Suggested responses to the exercises.

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