The poem's heartbeat: a manual of prosody

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Story Line Press, 1997 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 146 pages
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The Poem's Heartbeat is a progressive, step-by-step introduction to prosody--the art and science of metrical composition in poetry. This second edition includes a new appendix of sample scansions, and a comprehensive index of poets and poems cited. "This intelligent, user-friendly book is a quality guide to rhyme, rhythm, meter, and form for students, experienced readers, and practitioners of poetry... The Poem's Heartbeat may well be the finest general book available on prosody."-Library Journal (starred review) "In lucid prose, Corn clears a straight path through the scansion of quantitative verse and free verse... A provocative, definitive manual on meter."Publishers Weekly "A lively and well-informed primer to prosody, a current hot topic in poetic studies. Corn's aim is to introduce the novice poet or student to the vocabulary and understanding of English prosody, from its basic rules and definitions to the complexities of how sound is measured in poetry. Recommended for all academic libraries, this book could only have been written by someone who cares about the details, the relation of sound to sense, and fine, clear expression."-Choice "The Poem's Heartbeat triumphs over the dryness-or supposed dryness-of the subject, treating every aspect of it with precision, dispatch, and apt illustration. That it is sorely needed in the present footless state of things goes without saying."-Richard Wilbur

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Agree with the previous reviewer. While rich in information, the presentation made it difficult to stick with the reading. A few times, however, I caught myself saying "interesting" aloud so there were certainly gems that made the effort of reading this book worthwhile. Read full review

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Corn (Part of His Story, LJ 3/15/97), acclaimed poet and teacher, provides a quality guide to rhyme, rhythm, meter, and form for students, experienced readers, and practitioners of poetry. Not merely ... Read full review


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Alfred Dewitt Corn III was born on August 14, 1943, in Bainbridge, Georgia. He grew up in Valdosta, Georgia, earning a Bachelor's degree in French at Emory University and a Master's degree, also in French, at Columbia University. In 1967, Corn married Ann Jones, but they divorced in 1971. This divorce and his travels to France, Italy, and elsewhere influenced some of his later poetry. Corn has been an associate editor for University Review, a staff writer at De Capo Press, Inc., a freelance writer, and a visiting lecturer and teacher at many universities. He is best known for his innovative, yet traditional poems that embody such themes as love, nature, and the loss of innocence. He has written more than 10 poetry books, including All Roads At Once (1976), Notes from a Child of Paradise (1984), and Autobiographies (1992). Corn has been awarded several prizes including the George Dillon Prize, Poetry, in 1975; the Lamont Poetry Prize in 1987, 1988, and 1989; and the John Masefield Poetry Prize in 1992.

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