The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics Including Odd and Invented Forms

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-12-13
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of New England

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For decades Lewis Turco's The Book of Forms has been standard in the libraries of writers, teachers, scholars, and others who care about the craft of poetry. Now Turco has expanded and updated "the poet's bible" once again, this time incorporating a collection of "odd and invented forms," which adds many interesting ancient and modern prosodies and forms with new examples written by contemporary poets old and young.

Author Biography

Lewis Putnam Turco is an emeritus professor of English, and founding director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center and of the Department of Creative Writing at the State University of New York College at Oswego. He has published original books of criticism, drama, fiction, memoirs, reference, and twenty six collections of his poems.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised and Expanded Editionp. xi
The Elements of Poetryp. 1
Introduction to the Disciplinep. 3
Modes of Writingp. 4
The Levels of Poetryp. 4
Prosodyp. 5
The Levels of Poetryp. 7
The Typographical Levelp. 7
The Sonic Levelp. 10
Prose Poetryp. 10
Isoverbal Prosodyp. 17
Syllabic Prosodyp. 18
Accentual Prosodyp. 18
The Rules of Scansion in Englishp. 19
Accentual-Syllabic Prosodyp. 32
The Sensory Levelp. 54
The Ideational Levelp. 67
Glossary of Poetic Termsp. 69
Form-Finder Indexp. 89
Introduction to the Indexp. 91
Specific Formsp. 92
General Formsp. 98
Notationp. 101
Traditional and Recently Invented Verse Formsp. 105
Dramatic Poetryp. 107
Lyric Poetryp. 117
Narrative Poetryp. 378
Appendix: A Chronology of Postmodern Books Concerning Verse Formsp. 397
Bibliographyp. 399
Publication Creditsp. 405
Author and Title Indexp. 413
General Indexp. 425
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