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The rise and fall of meter : poetry and English national culture, 1860-1930

Author: Meredith Martin
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2012
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1. edView all editions and formats
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Why do we often teach English poetic meter by the Greek terms iamb and trochee? How is our understanding of English meter influenced by the history of England's sense of itself in the nineteenth  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Meredith Martin
ISBN: 9780691152738 069115273X 9780691155074 0691155070 9780691155128 0691155127
OCLC Number: 794664729
Notes: Introduction: the failure of meter. Modern instability. Metrical communities. Meter as culture. A note on historical prosody. The history of meter. A metrical history of England. A grammatical history of England. Grammatical instability. Metrical instability. The stigma of meter. Metrical irrelevance. The British empire of letters. Marking instress. Acute stress in "The wreck of the Deutschland". Mistrusting the ear. The institution of meter. Metrical mastery. Inventing the "Britannic". Dynamic reading. Mastery for the masses. The English ear. A prosodic entity. The discipline of meter. Patriotic pedagogy. Matthew Arnold's metrical intimacy. Henry Newbolt's cultural metrics. Private meters, public rhythms. The sound of the drum. The trauma of meter. Wartime, poetics. Sad death for a poet!. Therapeutic measures. Bent-double. The kindred points of heaven and home. The before- and afterlife of meter. Metrical modernism. Make it old : Robert Bridges and obsolescence. Alice Meynell's "English metres". Toward a critical prosody
Awards: Winner of Modern Language Association Prize for a First Book 2012.
Description: x, 274 s. ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: the failure of meter --
Modern instability --
Metrical communities --
Meter as culture --
A note on historical prosody --
The history of meter --
A metrical history of England --
A grammatical history of England --
Grammatical instability --
Metrical instability --
The stigma of meter --
Metrical irrelevance --
The British empire of letters --
Marking instress --
Acute stress in "The wreck of the Deutschland". Mistrusting the ear --
The institution of meter --
Metrical mastery --
Inventing the "Britannic". Dynamic reading --
Mastery for the masses --
The English ear --
A prosodic entity --
The discipline of meter --
Patriotic pedagogy --
Matthew Arnold's metrical intimacy --
Henry Newbolt's cultural metrics --
Private meters, public rhythms --
The sound of the drum --
The trauma of meter --
Wartime, poetics --
Sad death for a poet!. Therapeutic measures --
Bent-double --
The kindred points of heaven and home --
The before- and afterlife of meter --
Metrical modernism --
Make it old : Robert Bridges and obsolescence --
Alice Meynell's "English metres". Toward a critical prosody.
Other Titles: Poetry and English national culture, 1860-1930
Responsibility: Meredith Martin

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