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The Book of Forms
A Handbook of Poetics, Including Odd and Invented Forms, Revised and Expanded Edition
Lewis Putnam Turco

2011 • 456 pp. 5 x 7 1/2"
Reference & Bibliography / Poetry

$29.95 Paperback, 978-1-61168-035-5

Revised & expanded ed.

“The book is easy to use and exhaustive almost to a fault when it comes to verse forms used by poets writing in English. . . . Recommended.”—Choice

The well-known companion to The Book of Literary Terms and The Book of Dialogue, this indispensable bible of poetics now includes a wealth of “odd and invented” verse forms

For decades Lewis Turco’s The Book of Forms has been standard in the libraries of writers, teachers, scholars, and others who care about the craft of poetry. Now Turco has expanded and updated “the poet’s bible” once again, this time incorporating a collection of “odd and invented forms,” which adds many interesting ancient and modern prosodies and forms with new examples written by contemporary poets old and young. Turco presents “The Rules of Scansion,” discusses the “levels” of poetry—the typographical, the sonic, the sensory, and the ideational—and proffers the ever-useful “Form-Finder Index.”

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Winner of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

LEWIS PUTNAM TURCO is an emeritus professor of English, and founding director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center and of the Department of Creative Writing at the State University of New York College at Oswego. He has published original books of criticism, drama, fiction, memoirs, reference, and twenty-six collections of his poems.

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