The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics, Including Odd and Invented Forms, Revised and Expanded Edition by Lewis Putnam TurcoThe Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics, Including Odd and Invented Forms, Revised and Expanded Edition by Lewis Putnam Turco

The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics, Including Odd and Invented Forms, Revised and Expanded…

byLewis Putnam Turco

Paperback | December 13, 2011

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Winner of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

For decades Lewis Turco’s The Book of Forms has been standard in the libraries of writers, teachers, scholars, and others who care about the craft of poetry. Now Turco has expanded and updated “the poet’s bible” once again, this time incorporating a collection of “odd and invented forms,” which adds many interesting ancient and modern prosodies and forms with new examples written by contemporary poets old and young. Turco presents “The Rules of Scansion,” discusses the “levels” of poetry—the typographical, the sonic, the sensory, and the ideational—and proffers the ever-useful “Form-Finder Index.”
LEWIS PUTNAM TURCO is an emeritus professor of English, and founding director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center and of the Department of Creative Writing at the State University of New York College at Oswego. He has published original books of criticism, drama, fiction, memoirs, reference, and twenty-six collections of hi...
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Title:The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics, Including Odd and Invented Forms, Revised and Expanded…Format:PaperbackDimensions:456 pages, 7.5 × 5 × 0.98 inPublished:December 13, 2011Publisher:University Press of New EnglandLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1611680352

ISBN - 13:9781611680355

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised and Expanded Edition
THE ELEMENTS OF POETRY
Introduction to the Discipline
Modes of Writing
The Levels of Poetry
Prosody
The Levels of Poetry
The Typographical Level
The Sonic Level
Prose Poetry
Isoverbal Prosody
Syllabic Prosody
Accentual Prosody
The Rules of Scansion in English
Accentual-Syllabic Prosody
The Sensory Level
The Ideational Level
Glossary of Poetic Terms
Prosodies
Typographical
Grammatical
Syllabic
Accentual
Dipodic
Accentual-Syllabic
Invented
FORM-FINDER INDEX
Introduction to the Index
Specific Forms
General Forms
Notation
TRADITIONAL AND RECENTLY INVENTED VERSE FORMS
Dramatic Poetry
Lyric Poetry
Narrative Poetry
APPENDIX: A Chronology of Postmodern Books Concerning Verse Forms
Bibliography
Publication Credits
Author and Title Index
General Index

Editorial Reviews

“The book is easy to use and exhaustive almost to a fault when it comes to verse forms used by poets writing in English. . . . Recommended.”—Choice