The Rhythms of English Poetry

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Routledge, Jul 10, 2014 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 410 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

Rhythm
57
Metre
145
Practice
283
RULES AND SCANSION
357
Bibliography
363
Sources of examples
376
Index
388
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