All the fun's in how you say a thing: an explanation of meter and versification

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Ohio University Press, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 366 pages
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Perfect for the general reader of poetry, students and teachers of literature, and aspiring poets, All the Funís in How You Say a Thing is a lively and comprehensive study of versification by one of our best contemporary practitioners of traditional poetic forms. Emphasizing both the coherence and the diversity of English metrical practice from Chaucerís time to ours, Timothy Steele explains how poets harmonize the fixed units of meter with the variable flow of idiomatic speech. He examines the ways in which poets have used meter, rhyme, and stanza to communicate and enhance meaning. Steele illuminates as well many practical, theoretical, and historical issues in English prosody, without ever losing sight of the fundamental pleasures, beauties, and insights that fine poems offer us. Written lucidly, with a generous selection of helpful scansions and explanations of the metrical effects of the great poets of the English language, All the Funís in How You Say a Thing is not only a valuable handbook on technique; it is also a wide-ranging study of English verse and a mine of entertaining information for anyone wishing more fully to write, enjoy, understand, or teach poetry.

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Review: All The Fun's In How You Say A Thing: An Explanation Of Meter & Versification

User Review  - Jon Edward - Goodreads

This is a book I've returned to and read a second time just for the pleasure of it. Steele presents just about everything you can imagine on how meter works in (mostly) English-language poetry. It's ... Read full review

Review: All The Fun's In How You Say A Thing: An Explanation Of Meter & Versification

User Review  - Steven Withrow - Goodreads

Rereading this one for renewed instruction. If I'd only read this book as a freshman in college, it would have saved me years of confusion about the inner workings of verse and prose poems. And I ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Timothy Steele is Professor of English at California State University, Los Angeles. He is the author of Missing Measures: Modern Poetry and the Revolt against Meter. His collections of poetry include The Color Wheel and Sapphics and Uncertainties: Poems 1970-1986.

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