Rhyme's Reason: A Guide to English Verse 4edby John Hollander Yale University Press
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Poet John Hollander surveys the schemes, patterns, and forms of English verse in this classic text, illustrating each variation with an original and witty self-descriptive example. In new essays for this fourth edition, J. D. McClatchy and Richard Wilbur each offer a personal take on why the book has played such an important role in the education of young poets and student scholars. "How lucky the young poet who discovers this wisest and most lighthearted of manuals."--James Merrill "Marvelously comprehensive, clarifying and useful, and a delight to read."--John Reardon, Los Angeles Times Book Review "A virtuoso performance and a mandatory text for poetry readers and practioners alike."
How lucky the young poet who discovers this wisest and most lighthearted of manuals.James Merrill James Merrill and ldquo; put everything he knew about the structures of poetry and mdash;those fabled magic tricks and mdash;into a sort of guidebook for those starting out on the trail up Mount Parnassus, as well as for those who may already know the path but would take unusual delight in Hollander and rsquo;s marvelously ingenious blazes along the way and hellip;There are astonishments on every page. and rdquo; and mdash;from the Foreword by J. D. McClatchy J. D. McClatchy Introduction and ldquo;This book's wit and inventive spirit, its self-describing embodiments of form, now offer the beginning poet a happy chance to discover the technician in himself. and rdquo; and mdash;from the Afterword by Richard Wilbur Richard Wilbur Afterword and ldquo;This virtuoso work from a master, a book which is accurate and useful without ever ceasing to be funny. and rdquo; and mdash;Paul Fussell Paul Fussell and ldquo;What the E. B. White-William Strunk The Elements of Style is to the writing of prose, Rhyme and rsquo;s Reason could very easily become to the writing of verse . . . . Marvelously comprehensive, clarifying and useful a delight to read. and rdquo; and mdash;John Reardon, Los Angeles Times Review of Books John Reardon Los Angeles Times Review of Books
John Hollander (1929--2013) was Sterling Professor of English at Yale University. J. D. McClatchy is a poet and literary critic, adjunct English professor at Yale University, and editor of The Yale Review.