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Hearing the Measures
Shakespearean and Other Inflections
George T. Wright

An eminent scholar's guide to hearing poets' work

When we listen to the words of a poet in the theater, or read them silently on the page, what is it that we hear? How do such crafty writers as Shakespeare or Donne, Wyatt or Yeats, Wordsworth or Lowell arrange their rhythms to make their poetry more expressive? A gathering of perceptive essays written over twenty-five years, this book by a distinguished scholar and poet helps us hear the measures poets use to conjure up strangeness, urgency, distance, surprise, the immediacy of speech, or the sounding of silence.

George T. Wright is Regents' Professor of English emeritus at the University of Minnesota and has published widely as both a scholar and a poet. His books include Shakespeare's Metrical Art and Aimless Life, a collection of poems.

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January 2002
LC: 2001001948 PR
344 pp.      5 tables     6 x 9

The cloth edition, ISBN 978-0-299-17190-2, is out of print, but the paperback is still available.

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