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.R>
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.
Edition/Copyright:97 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Broadview Press Published: 04/07/1997 International: No
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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
"One of the book's most salient strengths is how gracefully the author handles some of the knottiest problems a teacher of prosody will encounter . . . This is a very strong book."
-- Annie Finch, Miami University, Ohio
"Adams offers help to students and teachers of poetry with his lively, accessible guide to the mechanics of verse . . . His clear and measured examination of the elements of poetry and straight-ahead style make Poetic Designs a valuable resource"
-- Quill and Quire
Broadview Web Site, February 2000
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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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