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How to Be Well-Versed in Poetry
How to Be Well-Versed in Poetry
Author: E. O. Parrott
ISBN-13: 9780140112757
ISBN-10: 0140112758
Publication Date: 9/1/1992
Pages: 288
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Publisher: Penguin USA (P)
Book Type: Paperback
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Reliable reference works would offer only dull definitions of alliteration, caesuras anc Chaucerian couplets, ottava rima, rondeau reboublé and rime riche, sestinas, Sapphics and spondees.

How to be Well-Versed in Poetry shows them all in action!
E.O. Parrott and his team of tirelessly inventive contributors have produced wonderfully amusing examples of every trick, technique, rhyme, rhythm, syllable and stanza used in English verse. Unexpected delghts include:

The Pied Piper summed up in four lines, the plot of Paradise Lost in twelve!

The Raven's reply to Edgar Allan Poe, and the Tyger's reply to Blake

A little-known poetic gem by Ronald Reagan

Haikus, limericks, limeraikus and a four-letter-word poem

concrete cats, double dacyls, sibilant soldiers...

famous poems cunningly deflated:

'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
You fit the bill--cold, dimmish, wet and grey'