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Essay by Richard Moore Now Online!

posted Mar 11, 2009, 12:36 PM by Anna Evans   [ updated Mar 11, 2009, 12:55 PM ]
This essay, which appeared in an earlier edition of The Raintown Review, is an excellent resource for teachers and students. It appears here by kind permission of the author.

Poetic Meter:
An Old-Fashioned Simple Explanation

I was much bemused, reading in the current issue of a literary magazine an essay which said how hard it was to explain the traditional meter of poetry in English and presented a new "simplified" system. This has been done many times. As always, the "simplification" was far more complex than what was being simplified, and I was reminded of Byron's remark on the philosophical Coleridge,
Explaining metaphysics to the Nation.
I wish he would explain his explanation.

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