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Derek Attridge, Professor in the Department of English and Related Literature, University of York
Derek Attridge is the author or editor of over twenty books, whose work has been translated into a number of languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese, Italian, and Polish. His publications range across many areas, including poetic form, literary theory, and Irish and South African writing. After obtaining degrees in his native South Africa and at Cambridge, he took up a Research Fellowship at Oxford. Since then, he has taught in the UK, France, Italy and the USA, and is currently Professor in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York. His most recent visiting appointments have been as Visiting Fellow at All Souls, Oxford and as Fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Against Abstraction
Part I: Formal Questions
1. A Return to Form?
2. Meaning in Movement: Phrasing and Repetition
3. Rhyme in English and French: The Problem of the Dramatic Couplet
4. Sound and Sense in Lyric Poetry
Part II: Rhythm and Metre
5. Rhythm in English Poetry: Beat Prosody
6. Rhythm and Interpretation: The Iambic Pentameter
7. An Enduring Form: The English Dolnik
8. Lexical Inventiveness and Metrical Patterns: Beats and Keats
9. Poetry Unbound? Observations on Free Verse
Appendix: Scansion symbols