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An exaltation of forms : contemporary poets celebrate the diversity of their art

An exaltation of forms : contemporary poets celebrate the diversity of their art

Author: Annie Finch; Kathrine Varnes
Publisher: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
The editors ask fifty contemporary poets to take a single poetic meter, stanza, or form, then describe it and show examples of how it has helped artistically shape poetry.

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Genre/Form: Poetry
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Exaltation of forms.
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, ©2002
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Annie Finch; Kathrine Varnes
ISBN: 0472097253 9780472097258 0472067257 9780472067251
OCLC Number: 49279902
Language Note: Chiefly in English; includes some poems in various languages.
Description: 442 pages : music ; 25 cm
Contents: I. Meters. Accentual Verse / Dana Gioia. Syllabics: Sweeter Melodies / Margaret Holley. Counted Verse: Upper Limit Music / Paul Hoover. Iambic Meter / John Ridland. Blank Verse / Anthony Hecht. Anapestics / Charles O. Hartman. Running with Abandon: Some Notes on Trochaic Meter / Carl Phillips. Dactylic Meter: A Mary-Sounding Sea / Annie Finch. Free Verse / Michelle Boisseau. All Composed in a Meter of Catullus: Hendecasyllabics / Rachel Hadas. Pronouncing "Carpenter": Quantitative Meter in English / Rosanna Warren. Off the Main Road: Some Maverick Meters / John Frederick Nims --
II. Stanzas. "The Bravest Sort of Verses": The Heroic Couplet / Timothy Steele. The Self-Engendering Muse: Terza Rima / Felix Stefanile. The Quatrain / John Hollander. Sapphics / Grace Schulman. Ottava Rima / Jacqueline Osherow. Spenser's Eponymous / R.S. Gwynn. The Decima: A Poetic Journey from Spain to New Mexico / Pat Mora --
III. Received Forms. The Folk Ballad / W.D. Snodgrass. The Ballade: Exquisite Intricacy / Judith Barrington. The Blues / Raymond R. Patterson. Taking Shape: The Art of Carmina Figurata / Jan D. Hodge. Gists, Piths, and Poison-Pills: The Art of the Epigram / X.J. Kennedy. Ghazal: To Be Teased into DisUnity / Agha Shahid Ali. Haiku / Jean Hyung Yul Chu. Hip-Hop Rhyme Formations: Open Your Ears / Tracie Morris. Japanese-Style Linked Poems / William J. Higginson and Penny Harter. Form Lite: Limericks and Clerihews / Gail White. A Wand Made of Words: The Litany Poem / Nancy Willard. Musical Form and Formalist Poetry / Rob Hardin. The Pantoum's Postcolonial Pedigree / Vince Gotera. Strange Tales and Bitter Emergencies: A Few Notes on the Prose Poem / Michel Delville and Maxine Chernoff. The Metrics of Rap / DJ Renegade. Rondeaux and Roundels / Thomas M. Disch. Sestina: The End Game / Lewis Turco. The Sonnet / Marilyn Hacker. Triolet: Trippingly on the Tongue / Kathleene West. Gymnastics: The Villanelle / Maxine Kumin --
IV. Principles for Formal Experimentation. Organic Form / Hilda Morley. Fractal Amplifications / Alice Fulton. Performance Poetry / Bob Holman. Beyond Found Poetry / Keith Tuma. The List Poem / David Lehman. Procedural Poetry: The Intentions of Nonintention / Jena Osman. Nude Formalism: A Sampler / Charles Bernstein. Oulipian Poetry / Aldon Lynn Nielsen. Two American Verse Forms: The Cinquain and the Quatern / Allison Joseph. The Low Coup as a Contemporary Afro-American Verse Form / Amiri Baraka. The Paradelle / Billy Collins. Predetermined Avant-Garde Forms / Mark Wallace.
Other Titles: Of forms
Responsibility: edited by Annie Finch and Kathrine Varnes.
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