The Poem's Heartbeat: A Manual of Prosody (2020)

The Poem's Heartbeat: A Manual of Prosody Alfred Corn The Poem s Heartbeat A Manual of Prosody Prosody the art and science of poetic meter is the very foundation of writing and reading poetry Most often standard treatments on the subject are overly technical and drier than dust so poet and e
  • Title: The Poem's Heartbeat: A Manual of Prosody
  • Author: Alfred Corn
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  • Page: 271
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The Poem's Heartbeat: A Manual of Prosody Alfred Corn Prosody the art and science of poetic meter is the very foundation of writing and reading poetry Most often, standard treatments on the subject are overly technical and drier than dust , so poet and educator Alfred Corn set out to write one that would be informative and engaging What s really needed , notes Corn in his preface, is a study that assumes no knowledgeProsody the art and science of poetic meter is the very foundation of writing and reading poetry Most often, standard treatments on the subject are overly technical and drier than dust , so poet and educator Alfred Corn set out to write one that would be informative and engaging What s really needed , notes Corn in his preface, is a study that assumes no knowledge of meter on the part of the reader but then provides accurate information In ten progressive chapters he covers everything from the basics of Line and Stress and Metrical Variation to Phonic Echo and Unmetered Poetry In addition, The Poem s Heartbeat provides an appendix of sample scansions, an index of terms, a bibliography, and abundant examples of poems from Shakespeare s time to the present time that illustrate concepts such as slant rhyme and iambic pentameter.
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  1. David

    I read it Then I and please understand that I never do this read it again And then I got it This three star book that would have earned a solid five stars if I could have fully understood it in a single reading.People who are already familiar poetic meter and forms will probably love this concise volume and have absolutely no problem following along with it at all Folks for whom this is all new such as myself are not in for such an easy time.I knew poetry had a lot of terminology But I really wa [...]

  2. Jake McAtee

    Really thorough The best introduction I ve read Favorite chapter was the last on unmetered poetry I had never really considered the impact that the Authorized Version of the bible had concerning free verse.

  3. Karl Agan

    Albert Corn menulis esei berkenaan sifat puisi traditional yang menekankan unsur meter, stress, stanza, verse, dsb Dalam perkembangan penulisan puisi akhir ini, mungkin seseorang akan bertanya, apa gunanya mengenali teknik teknik tersebut dalam era sajak moden ini Untuk menjawab persoalan tersebut, saya memetik kata Albert Corn yang berbunyi As already noted, the placing of stresses becomes moatly indeterminate by readers, who will remain in doubt about the author s rhythmic intentions and wikl [...]

  4. Emilia

    I don t know how to rate this Four stars for usefulness I m actually thinking I ll keep it for future reference It was wonderful in that it introduced basic topics but then went slightly in depth with them never so much it was overwhelming, but it was still thorough, at least for someone new to prosody However, it was fairly dull, and Corn s silly little commentaries didn t do a very good job of making it any interesting Some of the bits were amusing but also just ludicrous So, two stars for th [...]

  5. Rory

    This book leads me to conclude that poets worry about some of the most ridiculous things But I can now appreciate that that spaced out look they get might be due to an intense inner debate about whether they have sufficient expressive justification to substitute this or that iamb with a trochee.

  6. Andrew Stone

    Great manual to prosody especially for beginners I read it for a class and found it useful for what it is Not necessarily fun to read, but definitely helpful.

  7. Sam Kim

    The Poem s Heartbeat is the best manual of prosody I have ever read In a clear and concise manner, Corn explains metered and unmetered verse If you study poetry, this book is a must have.

  8. secondwomn

    this is the first prosody book to make solid sense to me will reread a number of times basic familiarity with poetic terminology and a willingness to embrace technical language recommended.

  9. Gerry LaFemina

    Corn s prejudices against what he calls unmetered verse verse libre standout a little much, but his discussion of meter and prosody are well written, clear, and progressive in many ways It s a good book, sometimes even very good, particularly for those interested in the workings of prosody.

  10. Jacob Rush

    A fair introduction to the topic Not particularly entertaining and terms history could be overwhelming for a novice.

  11. sarah louise

    I think Corn is not a poet I do appreciate that he acknowledges how important secondary stress can be, even in metered poetics and while I agree with his argument that a readership unfamiliar with intimidated by conventions of metered verse will lose access to a critical mass of English language poetry, his understanding of prosody is not helpful to poets thinking about current approaches to the line metrics Actually, I think some of his assertions in that are just plain bad, and kind of insulti [...]

  12. Josiah

    This book did what it was supposed to do it taught me about how to better recognize complex forms of rhyme and rhythm in a poem and helped me to gain a greater appreciation for what poets do It was a denser read, but it was aimed at the beginner level that I was at, so while I had to read the book carefully, it was an appropriate fit for my understanding of prosody and ended up teaching me a lot Given that I m not personally the greatest fan of poetry, this book wasn t spectacular for me but I l [...]

  13. Will

    I found this manual not especially lively or revelatory, but it is a fair introduction to the topic or a good review or second opinion following involved and engaging books on versification, such as Derek Attridge s Poetic Rhythm or Timothy Steele s All the Fun s in How You Say a Thing It helped me synthesize perspectives on substitution, truncation, and hypermetrical syllables.

  14. Sean

    The book takes a scholarly approach and as a result is rather dry, but is so thorough and competent on its subject matter that I can t help but recommend it for those interested.It explores all sorts of poetic forms, from the ground up, looking at meter and rhyme and structure and the lack thereof It also looks at a broad swathe of sample poems, though generally just a few lines at a time.Quite helpful for someone like me looking to get a better understanding of poetry and prosody.

  15. Nia

    Excellent guide to metrical rhythm analysis of poetry Interesting info on the differences in poetry due to the nature of different languages.

  16. Elizabeth Frankie Rollins

    I don t write formal poetry, but this metaphorical lesson taught me so much about its marrow.

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