The rhythms of English poetry

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Longman, 1982 - Literary Criticism - 395 pages
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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.

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Contents

LINGUISTIC APPROACHES
28
THE RHYTHMS OF ENGLISH SPEECH
59
THE FOURBEAT RHYTHM
76
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About the author (1982)

Derek Attridge is Professor of English at the University of York and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Rutgers University.