ENGB04 (Critical Thinking About Poetry): Reading Notes
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Department
English
Course
ENGB04H3
Professor
A.Y.Heisler
Semester
Winter

Description
ENGB04H3S Critical Thinking About PoetryWeek 2 Reading Notes January 14 2014Poetic Designs Page 922Studying meters requires more attention observationlistening to language details than usual The historical dimension shows that a poets choice of meterformconsciousdeliberate An 18th century writer who writes heroic couplets is accepting the dominant meter of his timewhile a modern poet who writes blank verses is rejecting the contemporary poetic normswritinglike older poetry by Romantics MiltonShakespeare The poets choice of meter assures that every syllable has been measuredthe language hasbeen written with full attention to expression creating aesthetic distanceSmooth conventionalunremarkable meters remain in the background while roughunconventionalinsistent meters force more selfconscious awarenessStrong lined poetry had rhymes with meanings made through their metrical frame Crowded unaccented syllables are slow emphaticdifficult while unaccented syllables havespeed lightnesseaseSudden rhythmic reversals are noticed by skilled ears and cause surprise changing thoughtsnew voice tones or more intensityFoot A basic unit of rhythm within a linean interchangeable rhythmic moduleThere are 6 types of theseiamb iambic trochee trochaicanapest anapesticdactyl dactylic spondee spondaic pyrrhic pyrrhic Lines have different lengths
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