The Art of the Poetic Line
Author: James Longenbach
Publisher: Graywolf Press (2007)
"Poetry is the sound of language organized in lines." James Longenbach opens this provocative book with that essential statement. Through a range of examples―from Shakespeare and Milton to Ashbery and Glück―Longenbach describes the function of line in metered, rhymed, syllabic, and free-verse poetry. The Art of the Poetic Line is a vital new resource by one of America's most important critics and most engaging poets.
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