Meter in English: A Critical Engagement (Google eBook)

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David Baker
University of Arkansas Press, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 368 pages
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In 1993, poet, author, and teacher Robert Wallace wrote an essay, "Meter in English," to clarify and simplify methods of studying the line-by-line rhythms and structure of poetry. When David Baker circulated Wallace's essay to other poets and student of prosody, the ten propositions it contained elicited an excited and powerful reaction from each respondent. Some strongly concurred; others expressed rousing disagreement. United States Poet Laureate Robert Haas called the essay "a paradigm shift" in our understanding of English prosody.
David Baker has gathered Wallace's essay, fourteen essay-length responses - from poets as divergent in practice as Timothy Steele and Robert Hass, John Frederick Nims and Eavan Boland - and an extensive afterword by Wallace that brings the argument full circle. With Wallace's ten points as a common benchmark, the respondents have created an unparalleled sampling of thought on the status of meter in poetics today and the rich diversity of opinion on how poems achieve their sound and rhythm. Taken as a whole, the collection becomes a lastingly valuable teaching guide to meter as it's understood by some of its finest scholars and makers.
  

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Lovely arguments of arguments. required reading for a serious poetry class studying form, genre, and the contemporary issues of prosody. Read full review

Contents

Meter in English
3
PART TWO
43
A Response
45
A Defense of the NonIambic Meters
59
MeterMaking Arguments
75
A Response to Robert Wallace
97
Some Responses to Robert Wallace
109
A New Footing
125
Verse vs ProseProsody vs Meter
249
Metrics and Pedagogical Economy
265
Two Letters
279
A Response to Robert Wallace
283
PART THREE
293
Completing the Circle
295
Bibliography
351
Contributors
357

Metrical Pleasures of Our Time
151
Strength in Diversity
169
Meter and the Fortunes of the Numerical Imagination
197
Staunch Meter Great Song
221

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Page v - The sound must seem an echo to the sense : Soft is the strain when Zephyr gently blows, And the smooth stream in smoother numbers flows ; But when loud surges lash the sounding shore, The hoarse, rough verse should like the torrent roar : When Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to throw, The line too labours, and the words move slow ; Not so, when swift Camilla scours the plain, Flies o'er th' unbending corn, and skims along the main.

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