This is splendidly useful and elegantly thought-out introduction to the understanding of the rhythmic fabric of poetry in English, and of the way in which rhythmic patterns and effects become part of the very substance of what poetry says, rather than some kind of accompaniment to it. The authors have deployed sophisticated linguistic knowledge, literary sensitivity and poetic insight in the most clear and simple language possible, and their sample analyses are immediately comprehensible and enlightening. Anyone interested in poetry should acquire the knowledge so beautifully imparted here.John Hollander, Yale University
About the Author
Thomas Carper is the author of three volumes of metrical poetry including Distant Blue
, recipient of the 2003 Richard Wilbur Award, Fiddle Lane
and From Nature
. He is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Southern Maine. Derek Attridge is Professor of English at the University of York, UK. He is the author of the highly influential texts on beat prosody, The Rhythms of English Poetry
and Poetic Rhythm: An Introduction
and has also published books on literary theory, sixteenth-century poetry and twentieth-century fiction.