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9780395850862

Rules for the Dance

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  • ISBN13:

    9780395850862

  • ISBN10:

    039585086X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1998-07-27
  • Publisher: Mariner Books

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Summary

"True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, / As those move easiest who have learn'd to dance," wrote Alexander Pope. "The dance," in the case of Oliver's brief and luminous book, refers to the interwoven pleasures of sound and sense to be found in some of the most celebrated and beautiful poems in the English language, from Shakespeare to Edna St. Vincent Millay to Robert Frost. With a poet's ear and a poet's grace of expression, Oliver shows what makes a metrical poem work - and enables readers, as only she can, to "enter the thudding deeps and the rippling shallows of sound-pleasure and rhythm-pleasure that intensify both the poem's narrative and its ideas."

Author Biography

Mary Oliver is one of the most celebrated and best-selling poets in America. Her books include Red Bird; Our World; Thirst; Blue Iris; New and Selected Poems, Volume One; and New and Selected Poems, Volume Two. She has also published five books of prose, including Rules for the Dance and, most recently, Long Life. She lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

PART ONE: THE RULES 3(76)
1. Breath
3(3)
2. Patterns
6(13)
3. More About Patterns
19(10)
4. Design: Line Length
29(7)
5. Release of Energy Along the Line
36(4)
6. Design: Rhyme
40(10)
7. Design: Traditional Forms
50(7)
8. Words on a String
57(3)
9. Mutes and Other Sounds
60(2)
10. The Use of Meter in Non-Metric Verse
62(3)
11. The Ohs and the Ahs
65(2)
12. Image-Making
67(12)
PART TWO: THE DANCERS ONE BY ONE 79(8)
13. Style
79(8)
PART THREE: SCANSION, AND THE ACTUAL WORK 87(16)
14. Scansion: Reading the Metrical Poem
87(3)
15. Scansion: Writing the Metrical Poem
90(3)
16. Yourself Dancing: The Actual Work
93(10)
PART FOUR: A UNIVERSAL MUSIC 103(6)
17. Then and Now
103(1)
Envoi
104(5)
PART FIVE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF METRICAL POEMS 109(80)
Permissions 189(1)
Index 190

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