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Poetic Designs : An Introduction to Meters, Verse Forms, and Figures of Speech

Poetic Designs : An Introduction to Meters, Verse Forms, and Figures of Speech - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-1551111292

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ISBN13: 978-1551111292
ISBN10: 1551111292
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Broadview Press
Published: 1997
International: No

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Poetic Designs : An Introduction to Meters, Verse Forms, and Figures of Speech - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-1551111292

Stephen Adams

ISBN13: 978-1551111292
ISBN10: 1551111292
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Broadview Press

Published: 1997
International: No
Summary

Stephen Adams' text provides a full treatment of traditional topics, from the iambic pentameter through other accentual-syllabic rhythms (trochaic, dactylic and so on) and covering as well other metrical types, stanza structure, the sonnet and other standard forms. Adams also includes a variety of topics not covered in most other introductions to the topic; perhaps most significantly, he provides a full chapter on form in free verse and another on literary figures.


Author Bio

Adams, Stephen J. : University of Western Ontario

Stephen J. Adams teaches English at the University of Western Ontario, where he is currently the Associate Dean of Arts

Table of Contents

Meter and Rhythm

The Importance of Prosody
The Accentual-Syllabic System
Syntactic Rhythm and the Line Unit

Beyond Iambic Pentameter

Accentual Meters and the Ballad Stanza
The Longer and Shorter Iambic Meters
Syllabic and Quantitative Systems

Stanza and Form

The Dynamics of Stanza and Form : Rhyme, Line and Closure
Some Standard Verse Forms : Fixed and Not So Fixed

Figures of Speech

Rhetoric and Figure
The Schemes
The Tropes

Form in Free Verse

Lines : The Master Convention of Free Verse
Numbers : Metrical Presences in Free Verse
Figures : Syntactic Patterning in Free Verse
The Margins of Genre : Shaped Poetry, Concrete Poetry, Sound Poetry
The Prose Poem


Appendix 1 : The Terminology of Rhyming
Appendix 2 : Sample Scansions, with Commentary

Index of Sources
Index of Names and Terms

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