All the fun's in how you say a thing: an explanation of meter and versification
Perfect for the general reader of poetry, students and teachers of literature, and aspiring poets, All the Fun’s 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 Chaucer’s 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 Fun’s 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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accentual verse accentual-syllabic alliteration amphibrachic anapestic ancient appears ballad beats blank verse caesura catalectic century chapter Chaucer clause consists conventional couplet dactylic disyllabic disyllable elision English poetry English verse enjambment example feet feminine ending feminine rhymes fore-stressed fourth free verse French Frost grammatical Greek hexameter iamb iambic lines iambic pentameter iambic rhythm iambic tetrameter iambic trimeter iambic verse indented instance involves Jonson lable language Latin light line's loose iambic measure meter Metre metrically accented syllables metrically unaccented metrists Middle English Milton Modern English modulation monosyllabic monosyllables noun number of syllables Old English Oxford Paradise Lost pattern pause phrases poem poetic poets pronunciation prose prosody quatrains readers rhythmical Richard Wilbur scan scansion Shakespeare short sonnet sound speech stress spondees stanza syllabic verse syllables term third foot thou tion trisyllabic trochaic trochees unaccented syllable University Press verb versification vowel words write