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Meter in English : A Critical Engagement - David Baker

Meter in English

A Critical Engagement

By: David Baker (Introduction by, Editor)

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In 1993, poet, author, and teacher Robert Wallace wrote an essay, "Meter in English," to clarify and simplify methods of studying the line-by-line rhythms and structure of poetry. When David Baker circulated Wallace's essay to other poets and student of prosody, the ten propositions it contained elicited an excited and powerful reaction from each respondent. Some strongly concurred; others expressed rousing disagreement. United States Poet Laureate Robert Haas called the essay "a paradigm shift" in our understanding of English prosody.
David Baker has gathered Wallace's essay, fourteen essay-length responses - from poets as divergent in practice as Timothy Steele and Robert Hass, John Frederick Nims and Eavan Boland - and an extensive afterword by Wallace that brings the argument full circle. With Wallace's ten points as a common benchmark, the respondents have created an unparalleled sampling of thought on the status of meter in poetics today and the rich diversity of opinion on how poems achieve their sound and rhythm. Taken as a whole, the collection becomes a lastingly valuable teaching guide to meter as it's understood by some of its finest scholars and makers.

A Table of Metrical Feet
Meter in Englishp. 3
Meter in English: A Responsep. 45
Metrical Diversity: A Defense of the Non-Iambic Metersp. 59
Meter-Making Argumentsp. 75
"Come and Trip It": A Response to Robert Wallacep. 97
Some Responses to Robert Wallacep. 109
Prosody: A New Footingp. 125
Words Moving: Metrical Pleasures of Our Timep. 151
Our Many Meters: Strength in Diversityp. 169
Meter and the Fortunes of the Numerical Imaginationp. 197
Staunch Meter, Great Songp. 221
Verse vs. Prose/Prosody vs. Meterp. 249
Wallace's Razor: Metrics and Pedagogical Economyp. 265
Two Lettersp. 279
Real Meter in Imaginary English: Response to Robert Wallacep. 283
Completing the Circlep. 295
Bibliographyp. 351
Contributorsp. 357
Index of Proposal Discussionsp. 361
Index of Authorsp. 363
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ISBN: 9781557284228
ISBN-10: 1557284229
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 1st January 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.84