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Moving Words: Forms of English Poetry

Derek Attridge


The contemporary reader of English poetry is able to take pleasure in the sounds and movements of the English language in works written over the past eight centuries, and to find poems that convey powerful emotions and vivid images from this entire period. This book investigates the ways in which poets have exploited the resources of the language as a spoken medium—its characteristic rhythms, its phonetic qualities, its deployment of syntax—to write verse that continues to move and delight. The chapters in the first of the two parts examine a number of issues relating to poetic form: the resur ... More

Keywords: rhythm, metre, poetry, form, sound, repetition, rhyme, verse, prosody, beat

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199681242
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681242.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Derek Attridge, author
Professor in the Department of English and Related Literature, University of York