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The Rhythms of English Poetry
     

The Rhythms of English Poetry

by Derek Attridge
 

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Examines the way in which poetry in English makes use of rhythm. The author argues that there are three major influences which determine the verse-forms used in any language: the natural rhythm of the spoken language itself; the properties of rhythmic form; and the metrical conventions which have grown up within the literary tradition. He investigates these in

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Examines the way in which poetry in English makes use of rhythm. The author argues that there are three major influences which determine the verse-forms used in any language: the natural rhythm of the spoken language itself; the properties of rhythmic form; and the metrical conventions which have grown up within the literary tradition. He investigates these in order to explain the forms of English verse, and to show how rhythm and metre work as an essential part of the reader's experience of poetry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780582551053
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/28/1995
Series:
English Language Series
Pages:
410
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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