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The Long and the Short of It

A Practical Guide to European Versification Systems

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The Long and the Short of It by Joseph A. Dane
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Students of English literature now rarely receive instruction in versification (theory or practice) at either the undergraduate or the graduate level. ""The Long and the Short of It"" is a clear, straightforward account of versification that also functions as an argument for a renewed attention to the formal qualities of verse and for a renewed awareness of the forms and traditions that have shaped the way we think about English verse. After an introduction and discussion of basic principles, Joseph A. Dane devotes a chapter to quantitative verse (Latin), syllabic or isosyllabic verse (French), and accentual verse (Old English/Germanic). In addition to basic versification systems, the book includes a chapter on musical forms, since verse was originally sung. Most serious studies of these systems in English have been designed for language students, and are not accessible to students of English literature or general readers. This book will enable the reader to scan verse in all three systems, and it will also provide a framework within which students can understand points of contention about particular verse forms. The guide includes a chapter addressed to teachers of English, an appendix with examples of verse types, and a glossary of commonly used terms.

Author Biography

JOSEPH A. DANE is professor of English at the University of Southern California. He is the author of a number of books, including The Myth of Print Culture: Essays on Evidence, Textuality, and Bibliographical Method.
Release date Australia
March 15th, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
University of Notre Dame Press
Pages
136
Dimensions
150x226x13
ISBN-13
9780268026035
Product ID
4114365

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