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Verse: An Introduction to Prosody

Verse: An Introduction to Prosody

Charles O. Hartman

ISBN: 978-1-118-89413-2

Sep 2015, Wiley-Blackwell

312 pages



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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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