It is impossible to appreciate poetry fully without some knowledge of the various aspects of poetic technique. First published in 1953, with a second edition in 1982, this title explains all the usual technical terms in an accessible manner. Marjorie Boulton shows that it is possible to approach a poem from a business-like perspective without losing enjoyment. This reissue will be of particular value to students as well as those with a general interest in the specifics of poetry.
Table of Contents
Foreword by L. A. G. Strong; Preface; Preface to the Second Edition; 1. The Importance of Form 2. The Physical Form of Poetry 3. Rhythm: (A) Metre 4. Rhythm (B) Variation: Counterpoint 5. Phonetic Form: (A) Rhyme 6. Phonetic Form: (B) Onomatopoeia 7. Phonetic Form: (C) Internal Pattern 8. Form in Intonation 9. The Use of Repetition: (A) Intellectual Effect 10. (B) Pure Magical Effect 11. Intellectual Form: The Main Types of Poetry 12. Intellectual Form: Logical Sequence 13. Intellectual Form: The Use of Associations 14. Intellectual Form: The Two Main Patterns of Imagery 15. Some Traditional Verse Forms 16. Free Verse 17. The Choice of Words 18. Two Poems Anatomized 19. How Not to Approach Poetry 20. Some Twentieth-Century Techniques; Suggestions for Further Reading; Index