Rhyme's rooms : the architecture of poetry / Brad Leithauser
- Leithauser, Brad
- New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2022.
- Copyright Date:
- First edition.
- Physical Description:
- x, 350 pages ; 22 cm
- Foreword: A first step, a first stop -- Meeting the Funesians -- The prosodic contract -- Poetic architecture -- Stanzas -- Enjambment -- Defining and refining -- The marriage of meter and rhyme (I) --Iambic pentameter -- Iambic tetrameter -- Rhyme and rhyme decay -- Spelling and the unexpected rhyme -- Rhyme poverty, rhyme richness -- Rhymes, and how we really talk -- Off rhyme : when good rhymes go bad --Rim rhyme -- The marriage of meter and rhyme (II) -- Wordplay and concision -- The look of poetry -- Song lyrics -- Poetry and folly -- Dining with the Funesians -- Drinking with the Funesians -- The essential conservatism of poetry -- The essential radicalism of poetry.
- "From the widely acclaimed poet, novelist, critic, and scholar, a lucid and edifying exploration of the building blocks of poetry and how they've been used over the centuries to assemble the most imperishable poems. We treasure our greatest poetry, Brad Leithauser reminds us in these pages, "not for its what but its how." In chapters on everything from iambic pentameter to how stanzas are put together to "rhyme and the way we really talk," Leithauser takes a deep dive into that how-the very architecture of poetry. He explains how meter and rhyme work in fruitful opposition ("Meter is prospective; rhyme is retrospective"), how the weirdnesses of spelling in English are a boon to the poet; why an off rhyme will often succeed where a perfect rhyme would not; why Shakespeare and Frost can sound so similar, despite the centuries separating them. And Leithauser is just as likely to invoke Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, or Boz Scaggs as he is Chaucer or Milton, Bishop or Swenson, providing enlightening play-by-plays of their memorable lines. Here is both an indispensable learning tool and a delightful journey into the art of the poem--a chance for new poets and readers of poetry to grasp the fundamentals, and for experienced poets and readers to rediscover excellent works in all their fascinating detail"--
- 9780525655053 hardcover
- "This is a Borzoi book"
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references.
View MARC record | catkey: 36533934