The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics

The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics

by Lewis Turco

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The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics by Lewis Turco

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781584650416
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 01/01/2000
Edition description: 3rd ed.
Pages: 349
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.27(d)

About 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).

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Editionix
Part I.The Elements of Poetry
Modes of Writing4
The Levels of Poetry4
The Typographical Level6
The Sonic Level9
Prose Poetry9
Isoverbal Prosody15
Parenthetical Prosody16
Syllabic Prosody20
Accentual Prosody21
Accentual-Syllabic Prosody32
The Sensory Level55
Descriptions and Similes55
Rhetorical Tropes67
The Ideational Level68
Chapter Glossary69
Part II.Form-Finder Index
Specific Forms94
General Forms100
Part III.Traditional Verse Forms
Dramatic Poetry109
Lyric Poetry120
Narrative Poetry286

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