The Rhythms of English Poetry

1st Edition

Derek Attridge

Routledge
Published September 13, 1982
Textbook - 410 Pages
ISBN 9780582551053 - CAT# Y159313

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Summary

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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