9780472067251

An Exaltation of Forms: Contemporary Poets Celebrate the Diversity of Their Art

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    9780472067251

  • ISBN10:

    0472067257

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/1/2002
  • Publisher: Univ of Michigan Pr

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Summary

At once handbook, reader, and guide to the literary tastes and wisdom of poets, An Exaltation of Forms is an indispensable resource certain to find a dedicated audience among poetry lovers. The editors invited over fifty contemporary poets to select a poetic meter, stanza, or form, describe it, recount its history, and provide favorite examples. The essays represent a remarkably diverse range of literary styles and approaches, and show how the forms of contemporary English-language poetry derive from a wealth of different traditions. The forms range from hendecasyllabics to prose poetry, haiku to procedural poetry, sonnets to blues, rap to fractal verse. The range of poets included is equally impressive--from Amiri Baraka to John Frederick Nims, from Maxine Kumin to Marilyn Hacker, from Agha Shahid Ali to Pat Mora, from W. D. Snodgrass to Charles Bernstein. Achieving this level of eclecticism is a remarkable feat, especially given the strong opinions held by members of the various camps (e.g., the New Formalists, LANGUAGE poets, feminist and multicultural poets) that exist within today's poetry community. Poets who might never occupy the same room here occupy the same pages, perhaps for the first time. The net effect is a book that will surprise, inform, and delight a wide range of readers, whether as reference book, pleasure reading, or classroom text. Annie Finch is Associate Professor of English, Miami University of Ohio. She is the author of http://www.press.umich.edu/titles/10405.html http://www.press.umich.edu/titles/10405.html"

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(14)
I. METERS
Accentual Verse
15(9)
Dana Gioia
Syllabics: Sweeter Melodies
24(8)
Margaret Holley
Counted Verse: Upper Limit Music
32(7)
Paul Hoover
Iambic Meter
39(7)
John Ridland
Blank Verse
46(6)
Anthony Hecht
Anapestics
52(7)
Charles O. Hartman
Running with Abandon: Some Notes on Trochaic Meter
59(7)
Carl Phillips
Dactylic Meter: A Many-Sounding Sea
66(7)
Annie Finch
Free Verse
73(8)
Michelle Boisseau
All Composed in a Meter of Catullus: Hendecasyllabics
81(5)
Rachel Hadas
Pronouncing ``Carpenter'': Quantitative Meter in English
86(9)
Rosanna Warren
Off the Main Road: Some Maverick Meters
95(12)
John Frederick Nims
II. STANZAS
``The Bravest Sort of Verses'': The Heroic Couplet
107(9)
Timothy Steele
The Self-Engendering Muse: Terza Rima
116(6)
Felix Stefanile
The Quatrain
122(10)
John Hollander
Sapphics
132(9)
Grace Schulman
Ottava Rima
141(7)
Jacqueline Osherow
Spenser's Eponymous
148(8)
R. S. Gwynn
The Decima: A Poetic Journey from Spain to New Mexico
156(11)
Pat Mora
III. RECEIVED FORMS
The Folk Ballad
167(13)
W. D. Snodgrass
The Ballade: Exquisite Intricacy
180(8)
Judith Barrington
The Blues
188(10)
Raymond R. Patterson
Taking Shape: The Art of Carmina Figurata
198(8)
Jan D. Hodge
Gists, Piths, and Poison-Pills: The Art of the Epigram
206(4)
X. J. Kennedy
Ghazal: To Be Teased into DisUnity
210(7)
Agha Shahid Ali
Haiku
217(6)
Jean Hyung Yul Chu
Hip-Hop Rhyme Formations: Open Your Ears
223(5)
Tracie Morris
Japanese-Style Linked Poems
228(10)
William J. Higginson
Penny Harter
Form Lite: Limericks and Clerihews
238(4)
Gail White
A Wand Made of Words: The Litany Poem
242(5)
Nancy Willard
Musical Form and Formalist Poetry
247(7)
Rob Hardin
The Pantoum's Postcolonial Pedigree
254(8)
Vince Gotera
Strange Tales and Bitter Emergencies: A Few Notes on the Prose Poem
262(10)
Michel Delville
Maxine Chernoff
The Metrics of Rap
272(7)
DJ Renegade
Rondeaux and Roundels
279(11)
Thomas M. Disch
Sestina: The End Game
290(7)
Lewis Turco
The Sonnet
297(11)
Marilyn Hacker
Triolet: Trippingly on the Tongue
308(6)
Kathleene West
Gymnastics: The Villanelle
314(11)
Maxine Kumin
IV. PRINCIPLES FOR FORMAL EXPERIMENTATION
Organic Form
325(9)
Hilda Morley
Fractal Amplifications
334(7)
Alice Fulton
Performance Poetry
341(11)
Bob Holman
Beyond Found Poetry
352(7)
Keith Tuma
The List Poem
359(7)
David Lehman
Procedural Poetry: The Intentions of Nonintention
366(13)
Jena Osman
Nude Formalism: A Sampler
379(6)
Charles Bernstein
Oulipian Poetry
385(6)
Aldon Lynn Nielsen
Two American Verse Forms: The Cinquain and the Quatern
391(3)
Allison Joseph
The Low Coup as a Contemporary Afro-American Verse Form
394(2)
Amiri Baraka
The Paradelle
396(4)
Billy Collins
Predetermined Avant-Garde Forms
400(13)
Mark Wallace
Bibliography: Sources for Further Reading 413(4)
Contributors 417(9)
Acknowledgments 426(9)
Index of Names 435

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