The Poet's Dictionary: A Handbook of Prosody and Poetic Devices

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Harper & Row, 1989 - 221 頁
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"Filled with examples from classic and contemporary poetry, The Poet's Dictionary defines poetic terms, explains how formal structure is related to meaning in a poem, and shows the way in which rhythm, image, and voice coalesce to form compelling poetry. William Packard defines devices that form the heart of poetry--such as caesura, rhyme, stanza, and figure--and practices--such as alliteration, connotation, hyperbole, and rhetoric--that shade the poetic devices. He also offers explanations of types of poems--including elegies, epics, haikus, and idyls--that poets past and present have used. In addition, Packard uses interviews from The New York Quarterly, a national magazine devoted to the craft of poetry, to allow some of the most illustrious poets of our time--W.H. Auden, Anne Sexton, Allen Ginsberg, and James Dickey for example--to define terms in their own words, as related to the craft as they practice it. Western and Eastern traditions and ancient and modern forms alike are explored through clear definitions and extensive poetic examples. Arranged alphabetically from "accent" to "zeugma, " The Poet's Dictionary defines the essential tools of poetry, the terms and techniques that every poet must know intimately."--Dust jacket.

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Perfect for those pretty new to poetry. A good collection of terms which, once you understand their relationships to each other, will give you a headstart on learning more. Not a one-and-done, but an overview. 閱讀評論全文

The poet's dictionary: a handbook of prosody and poetic devices

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Packard's experience as editor of The New York Quarterly and as a professor of poetry is evident in his work. This handbook is for the practicing writer, offering "brief and accurate definitions ... 閱讀評論全文

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