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Verse: An Introduction to Prosody

ISBN: 978-1-118-89413-2
312 pages
September 2015, Wiley-Blackwell
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Verse is a seminal introduction to prosody for any student learning to read or write poetry, from secondary to graduate school.

  • Discusses  iambic pentameter and other kinds of metrical verse, scansion, rhythm and rhyme, free verse, song, and advanced topics such as poetic meter, linguistic approaches to verse, and the computer scansion of metrical poetry
  • Written in a clear, engaging style by a poet and teacher with more than 30 years of experience teaching the subject
  • Supplemented by a user-friendly website with student exercises and additional resources
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Table of Contents

List of Sidebars vii

Introduction 1

1 The Iambic Pentameter Line 7

2 Other Meters 49

3 Beyond the Line 99

4 Free Verse 151

5 Song 193

6 Advanced Topics 237

Glossary 275

Index of Poets and Poems 297

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Author Information

Charles Hartman is Poet in Residence and Lucy Marsh Haskell ’19 Professor of English at Connecticut College, USA, where he teaches poetry writing, modern and contemporary poetry, and song.  He is the author of seven collections of poems, most recently New & Selected Poems (2008), and critical books on free verse, jazz and poetry, and computer poetry.

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“This is a text that will work: Hartman's experience as a teacher is everywhere in  evidence, and his care and inventiveness in presenting key concepts  make the complexities of metrical analysis far more accessible than  most similar texts .... I have great admiration for this text and  have learned a lot from it; my students will learn even more." —Malcolm Woodland, University of Toronto

“It combines a high level of literary scholarship with a practitioner’s awareness and a ready-friendly style.”— Neil Roberts, Sheffield University

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