Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 194 pages
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"True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, / As those move easiest who have learn'd to dance," wrote Alexander Pope. "The dance," in the case of Oliver's brief and luminous book, refers to the interwoven pleasures of sound and sense to be found in some of the most celebrated and beautiful poems in the English language, from Shakespeare to Edna St. Vincent Millay to Robert Frost. With a poet's ear and a poet's grace of expression, Oliver shows what makes a metrical poem work - and enables readers, as only she can, to "enter the thudding deeps and the rippling shallows of sound-pleasure and rhythm-pleasure that intensify both the poem's narrative and its ideas."
 

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User Review  - Bat - LibraryThing

Clear, lucid, downt-to-earth approach to reading and writing poetry expected of Mary Oliver. This book covers metrics in a nice friendly manner. Nice colection of 50 metrical examples. Not the be all and end all on the subject but a good introduction. Read full review

RULES FOR THE DANCE: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse

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Contents

Breath
3
Patterns
6
More About Patterns
19
Line Length
29
Release of Energy Along the Line
36
Rhyme
40
Traditional Forms
50
Words on a String
57
Mutes and Other Sounds
60
The Use of Meter in NonMetric Verse
62
The Ohs and the Ahs
65
ImageMaking
67
Reading the Metrical Poem
87
Then and Now
103
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Mary Oliver is one of the most celebrated and best-selling poets in America. Her books include Red Bird; Our World; Thirst; Blue Iris; New and Selected Poems, Volume One; and New and Selected Poems, Volume Two. She has also published five books of prose, including Rules for the Dance and, most recently, Long Life. She lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

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