What works against this is precisely the metrical form
Embodied in metrical form
and recollected by all Scots, such a national impress is in no danger of falling prey to imperial uniformity.
With the final textual metaphor of "justifying" Robinson reinforces the idea that metrical form
connects to the higher law which permits continued Hope.
The reflective model, then, is a way of reading metrical forms
for their mirroring of lived temporalities, allowing us access to the power and pain of contemporary modes of production.
This insistence on the primacy of metrical form
contradicts not only Whitman, but Emerson.
This earlier work is an elegant effort to put literary prosody on a sound linguistic basis and yet to explain how the management of metrical forms
by English poets enabled them to enhance the expressiveness of their poetry, a subject of primary concern to literary critics.
variation, using 38 metrical forms
in addition to the long meter,
Instead of giving voice to "the poet's soul," poetry articulates "the countless shifting movements of the soul" in abstract metrical form
, asking us to read motion as "the vibrations of emotion.
Around 1920, Jeffers began to develop a distinct prosody based on accentual meter and abandoned the metrical forms
he had previously emulated.
The third chapter of Desiring Donne, "Donne's 'Irregularity': Desires Measure," gleefully sets about debunking "Platonic notions of metrical appreciation" which depend on "the readerly ability to recognize idealized or abstract metrical forms
, to hold them in one's head, and then to respond to an infinitely complex interplay between those metrical ideals and textual or lexical actuality" (106).
Agonized and lonely, miserable in Irish exile yet somehow displaced even in his native land, he was also a poet of rare originality, touched with the capacity to match his soul-struggle with new and complex metrical forms
and to express, strikingly and memorably, the mysterious gift of creation and man's unworthiness in the face of it.
In a sense, the notion of "linear narrative" as a supra-stanzaic organizing device is replaced with that of counterposed "themes," which "resonate" across parallel grammatical or metrical forms
, such as the many puns or sabdalamkaras that in themselves evoke "battle"--even the battles of wits proper to pundits; or across concatenated images, such as the structured similes that "tell" twice the stories of lovemaking; or emerge from dialogic interplay with other "texts"--the epic source itself, obviously, but also those cultural universes of discourse that provide intellectual "content" for the epic poet--Nyaya, for example, in the debates among the characters, or the purusartha literature in re Arjuna's "right" to engage in ascetic practice.