Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse

Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse by Mary Oliver 039585086X 9780395850862
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True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, / As those move easiest who have learnd to dance, wrote Alexander Pope. The dance, in the case of Olivers brief and luminous book, refers to the interwoven pleasures of sound and sense to be found in some of the most celebrated and beautiful poems in the English language, from Shakespeare to Edna St. Vincent Millay to Robert Frost. With a poets ear and a poets grace of expression, Oliver shows what makes a metrical poem work - and enables readers, as only she can, to enter the thudding deeps and the rippling shallows of sound-pleasure and rhythm-pleasure that intensify both the poems narrative and its ideas.

Author: Mary Oliver

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 208

Publisher: Mariner Books

Publication Date: 1998-07-27


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