Poet, Thomas Carper, and scholar, Derek Attridge, join forces in Meter and Meaning to present an illuminating and user-friendly way to explore the rhythms of poetry in English. They begin by showing the value of performing any poem aloud, so that we can sense its unique use of rhythm. From this starting point they suggest an entirely fresh, jargon-free approach to reading poetry. Illustrating their 'beat/offbeat' method with a series of exercises, they help readers to appreciate the use of rhythm in poems of all periods and to understand the vital relationship between meter and meaning.
Beginning with the very basics, Meter and Meaning enables a smooth progression to an advanced knowledge of poetic rhythms. It is the essential guide to meter for anyone who wants to study, write, better appreciate, or simply enjoy poetry. Carper and Attridge make studying meter a pleasure and reading poetry a revelation.
'Derek Attridge's system of beat prosody is one of the most distinguished modern contributions to the theory of poetic rhythm. In this new work Attridge has joined with a poet, Thomas Carper, to produce an introductory account of the theory aimed at aspiring poets, secondary school and university students and their teachers, and the general reader who simply loves poetry.' - Language and Literature
Acknowledgments. Introduction. 1. Basic Rhythms. Further Practice. 2. Beats: B , b, [B]. Further Practice. 3. Offbeats: o , O , -o- , [o] , ô. Further Practice. 4. Scan-ning Poems. Further Practice. 5. Rhythmic Figures. 6. Names and Labels. 7. Meter and Meaning. 8. Identifying Meters and Stanza-forms. Where to Go from Here. Scansion Symbols. Afterword. Index