Poet, Thomas Carper, and scholar, Derek Attridge, join forces in Meter and Meaning to present an illuminating and user-friendly way to explore the rhythms of poetry in English. They begin by showing the value of performing any poem aloud, so that we can sense its unique use of rhythm. From this starting point they suggest an entirely fresh, jargon-free approach to reading poetry. Illustrating their 'beat/offbeat' method with a series of exercises, they help readers to appreciate the use of rhythm in poems of all periods and to understand the vital relationship between meter and meaning.
Beginning with the very basics, Meter and Meaning enables a smooth progression to an advanced knowledge of poetic rhythms. It is the essential guide to meter for anyone who wants to study, write, better appreciate, or simply enjoy poetry. Carper and Attridge make studying meter a pleasure and reading poetry a revelation.

chapter 1|17 pages

Basic Rhythms

chapter 2|16 pages

Beats B, b, [B]

chapter 3|12 pages

Offbeats o, O, -o-, [o], ô

chapter 4|30 pages

Scanning Poems

chapter 5|11 pages

Rhythmic Figures

chapter 6|17 pages

Names and Labels

chapter 7|20 pages

Mater and Meaning

chapter 8|21 pages

Identifying Meters and Stanza-Forms