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The Rhythms of English Poetry (English Language Series) [Paperback]

Derek Attridge
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13 Sep 1982 0582551056 978-0582551053 1
Examines the way in which poetry in English makes use of rhythm. The author argues that there are three major influences which determine the verse-forms used in any language: the natural rhythm of the spoken language itself; the properties of rhythmic form; and the metrical conventions which have grown up within the literary tradition. He investigates these in order to explain the forms of English verse, and to show how rhythm and metre work as an essential part of the reader's experience of poetry.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (13 Sep 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582551056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582551053
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 866,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Dr Attridge's excellent bookxxx;is written by a man with a good ear and sensibility for poetry and it is written clearly."

British Journal of Aesthetics

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Offering a useful way into studying and enjoying the rhythms of English poetry, Attridge introduces in a clear and concise way the main approaches to examining verse form. From an explanation of the basic units of syllables and stress, Attridge discusses the complexities of verse form in an accessible way, illustrating his explanation with constant references to actual verse. As a broad study of verse and rhythm it is an invaluable introduction and while its technicality and depth make it excellent for the keenly interested, it does require concentration!
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