Shakespeare's Metrical Art (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Aug 2, 1988 - Literary Criticism - 363 pages
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This is a wide-ranging, poetic analysis of the great English poetic line, iambic pentameter, as used by Chaucer, Sidney, Milton, and particularly by Shakespeare. George T. Wright offers a detailed survey of Shakespeare's brilliantly varied metrical keyboard and shows how it augments the expressiveness of his characters' stage language.
  

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User Review  - Keith - Goodreads

Blank verse is uniquely versatile long-line form. Although a long line, it isn't symmetrical (like a hexameter or octometer) so it doesn't easily lend itself to being divided into two equal halves ... Read full review

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User Review  - Harper Curtis - Goodreads

“And I said, with rapture, Here is something I can study all my life, and never understand.” The epigraph is from Beckett. This book, by a poet, is a sensitive study, which is never pedantic. Every poet and poetry lover should study it closely. Read full review

Contents

Early Expressive Pentameters
20
Pattern and Variation
38
4 Flexibility and Ease in Four Older Poets
57
Shakespeares Sonnets
75
6 The Verse of Shakespeares Theater
91
7 Prose and Other Diversions
108
8 Short and Shared Lines
116
9 Long Lines
143
14 The Play of Phrase and Line
207
15 Shakespeares Metrical Technique in Dramatic Passages
229
16 What Else Shakespeares Meter Reveals
249
17 Some Metrically Expressive Features in Donne and Milton
264
Verse as Speech Theater Text Tradition Illusion
281
Percentage Distribution of Prose in Shakespeares Plays
291
Main Types of Deviant Lines in Shakespeares Plays
292
Short and Shared Lines
294

More Than Meets the Ear
149
11 Lines with Extra Syllables
160
12 Lines with Omitted Syllables
174
13 Trochees
185

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About the author (1988)

George T. Wright is Regents' Professor of English at the University of Minnesota and author of The Poet in the Poem and W. H. Auden.

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