All the Fun's in How You Say a Thing: An Explanation of Meter and Versification

April 30, 1999|
All the Fun's in How You Say a Thing: An Explanation of Meter and Versification by Timothy Steele
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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, and 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.

Timothy Steele’s previous collections of poetry include The Color Wheel and Sapphics and Uncertainties: Poems 1970–1986. He has also published two widely discussed works of literary criticism, Missing Measures: Modern Poetry and the Revolt against Meter and All the Fun’s in How You Say a Thing: An Explanation of Meter and Versification...
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Title:All the Fun's in How You Say a Thing: An Explanation of Meter and VersificationFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:384 pages, 9 X 6 X 1 inShipping dimensions:384 pages, 9 X 6 X 1 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Ohio University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0821412604

ISBN - 13:9780821412602

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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