In this day and age of free verse and English classes where almost no poetry is read, much less written or memorized, John Hollander's little book, "Rhyme's Reason," is a life-saver for all English majors, teachers, and wannabe poets. Teaching each and every poetic meter and form ever used in the English language, John Hollander creates a few lines of poetry that teach by their existence meter, rhythm, and poetics. Although I prefer the shorter first edition, the second edition will serve if that's all you can find. This book taught me everything my grandmother had learned about poetry by the time she was in third grade; even on her deathbed, she could run off lines of poetry she had memorized as a child, showing off various meters at the drop of a hat. Yet another skill we've lost in this modern age, prosody is an essential craft for any poet, songwriter, or lover of poetry. Find this book!