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Michael D. Hurley and Michael O'Neill offer a perceptive and illuminating look into poetic form, a topic that has come back into prominence in recent years. Building on the renewed interest in form, Hurley and O'Neill provide an accessible and comprehensive introduction that will be of help to undergraduates and more advanced readers of poetry alike. The book sees form as neither ornamenting nor mimicking content, but as shaping and animating it, encouraging readers to cultivate techniques to read poems as poems. Lively and wide-ranging, engaging with poems as aesthetic experiences, the book includes a long chapter on the elements of form that throws new light on troubling terms such as rhythm and meter, as well as a detailed introduction and accessible, stimulating chapters on lyric, the sonnet, elegy, soliloquy, dramatic monologue, and ballad and narrative.Read more
- Offers a more inclusive and satisfying way of understanding poetic form and its implications
- Provides a clear account and analysis of 'The Elements of Form' as well as explorations of lyric, the sonnet, epic, dramatic monologue, soliloquy, ballad and narrative
- Contains many illuminating and informed close analyses, offering an understanding of how poetic form functions within literary history and in individual poems
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"O'Neill (Durham Univ., UK) and Hurley (Univ. of Cambridge, UK) are both established scholars in the field, O'Neill with an enviably long and highly acclaimed oeuvre of publication in Romantic and Victorian poetry." -- ChoiceSee more reviews
"Michael Hurley and Michael O’Neill’s Poetic Form: An Introduction offers an overview of the study of poetic form, including controversies. This clearly written and engaging text includes chapters on lyric; on the sonnet and elegy as subsets of lyric; on drama in the guise of the soliloquy and dramatic monologue, and finally on ballad and narrative."
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- Date Published: October 2012
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521774994
- length: 253 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
- weight: 0.36kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The elements of poetic form
3. The sonnet
7. Dramatic monologue
8. Ballad and narrative.
Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses
- Literary Analysis
- Literature Written in English After 1750
- Literature and Interpretation
- Litreature of the Ancient Near East
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