The Rhythms of English Poetry

The Rhythms of English Poetry

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Examines the way in which poetry in English makes use of rhythm. The author argues that there are three major influences which determine the verse-forms used in any language: the natural rhythm of the spoken language itself; the properties of rhythmic form; and the metrical conventions which have grown up within the literary tradition. He investigates these in order to explain the forms of English verse, and to show how rhythm and metre work as an essential part of the reader's experience of poetry.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 410 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 21.34mm | 454g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0582551056
  • 9780582551053
  • 1,346,053

Table of contents

PART ONE: Approaches
1 Traditional Approaches
2 Linguistic Approaches

PART TWO: Rhythm
3 The Rhythms of English Speech
4 The Four-Beat Rhythm
5 The Five-Beat Rhythm

6 What is a Metrical Rule?
7 The Rules of English Metre
8 Metrical Rules and the Structures of Language

PART FOUR: Practice
9 The Functions of Poetic Rhythm
10 Rhythm at Work: Some examples

Appendix: Rules and Scansion
Sources of examples
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Review quote

"Dr Attridge's excellent bookxxx;is written by a man with a good ear and sensibility for poetry and it is written clearly."

British Journal of Aesthetics
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