Synopses & Reviews
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.
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
The Prehistory of Free Verse
Accentualism, Isochrony, and the Musical Fallacy
Free Verse and Prose
The Discovery of Form
The Discovery of Meter
Free Verse and Poetry
Full Texts of Three Quoted Poems
List of References