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Free Verse: An Essay on Prosody

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To make sense of "free verse" in theory or in practice, the study of prosody - the function of rhythm in poetry - must be revised and rethought. In Free Verse: An Essay on Prosody, Charles Hartman develops a theory of prosody that includes the most characteristic forms of twentieth-century poetry. Hartman examines nonmetrical verse, discusses the conventions that have emerged in the absence of meter, and shows how these conventions can work prosodically. By analyzing the work of Williams and Eliot - the prosodic masters among the early modernists - Hartman traces their influence on more contemporary poets. In his exploration of the means by which a poet controls the reader's temporal experience of poetry. Hartman presents an invaluable treatment of the concept of verse.

Synopsis:

To make sense of "free verse" in theory of in practice, the study of prosody--the function of rhythm in poetry--must be revised and rethought. In Free Verse: An Essay on Prosody, Charles Hartman develops a theory of prosody that includes the most characteristic form of twentieth-century poetry.

About the Author

Charles O. Hartman is professor of English and Poet in Residence at Connecticut College.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Preface

Introduction

The Prehistory of Free Verse

Chapter One

Some Definitions

Chapter Two

Accentualism, Isochrony, and the Musical Fallacy

Chapter Three

Free Verse and Prose

Chapter Four

Counterpoint

Chapter Five

The Discovery of Form

Chapter Six

The Discovery of Meter

Chapter Seven

Free Verse and Poetry

Chapter Eight

Some Contemporaries

Appendix

Full Texts of Three Quoted Poems

Notes

List of References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810113169
Author:
Hartman, Charles O.
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Location:
Evanston, Il :
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Poetics
Subject:
Free verse
Subject:
Williams, William Carlos
Subject:
Free verse -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
Subject:
American poetry -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
Nr. 105
Publication Date:
19960931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
199
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 in

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To make sense of "free verse" in theory of in practice, the study of prosody--the function of rhythm in poetry--must be revised and rethought. In Free Verse: An Essay on Prosody, Charles Hartman develops a theory of prosody that includes the most characteristic form of twentieth-century poetry.

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