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    John Hollander(Author)
In his classic text Rhyme's Reason the distinguished poet and critic John Hollander surveys the schemes, patterns, and forms of English verse, illustrating each variation with an original and witty self-descriptive example. In this substantially expanded and revised edition, Hollander adds a section of examples taken from centuries of poetry that exhibit the patterns he has described.

"Discussions of prosody usually make for yawns and heavy eyelids, but John Hollander's book, now usefully augmented, is a sparkling performance. He defines and illustrates the forms and means of English verse in such a way as to teach us, also, the spirit of play which animates even the gravest poem."-- Richard Wilbur"Marvelously comprehensive, clarifying and useful ... also a delight to read."

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  • PDF | 140 pages
  • John Hollander(Author)
  • Yale University Press; 3rd Revised edition edition (20 Mar. 2001)
  • English
  • 8
  • Poetry, Drama & Criticism
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  • By Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso' on 27 November 2011

    Scansion? Stress? Iamb, dactyl, spondee.. purleeze. But that's all over with in 10 pages. This is just the best book ever on verse-forms. And it's not at all dry. The 3rd ed includes a Patterns in Practice supplement which you can flip through when you can't tell your villanelle from your triolet (you pronounce the t, by the way). And I do, I do - these forms have staged a remarkable comeback after the 100-year leveling between Whitman and Ginsberg. The pantoum, famously affected by John Ashbery, is the one that always catches me napping (kind of a cross between villanelle and terza rima, since you ask), while the ghazal (pron guzzle) is the new kid on the block. It's ancient, of course, but there's really just the one book on it in English (Ravishing Disunities)NB this book is also **tiny!**

  • By B. G. Strand on 20 December 2015

    The late John Hollander was the foremost advocate of reading poetry aloud, the key aspect this historic art form.In this short guide(3rd edition 140 pages) Hollander explains why not all verse is poetry, and in easy to follow guide helps the reader to understand the difference between the two.He clarifies succinctly why poetic 'form' is a very 'deep matter' that covers much more than phonlogical or typographical pattern and proceeds to illustarate and explain all of the terms and forms in an easy to understand manner , (derived from his university background).By far the best manual on this topic and essential reading for anyone who aspires to the 'title ' of poet.

  • By Exir on 10 February 2015

    Indispensable in every poet's toolbox. Not only is it a great crash course in understanding poetic form for beginners, but serves as an excellent refresher and reference for intermediate and even advanced poets.

  • By Julie Spencer 4D on 19 June 2014

    What can I say, I love poetry, and this book is a real insight. It has been enjoyable to read and will remain on my bookshelf for constant review.

  • By KATE on 8 August 2013

    This arrived quickly and it is brand new. It is a good book on the subject and worth having as a reference guide.

  • By Slightly Foxed on 19 January 2017

    Useful and with some lightness of touch.

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