The Art of Syntax

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The Art of Syntax

Rhythm of Thought, Rhythm of Song

By Ellen Bryant Voigt

Graywolf Press, Paperback, 9781555975319, 172pp.

Publication Date: June 23, 2009


With intelligence and precision, Ellen Bryant Voigt parses out the deft and alluring shape of poetic language in "The Art of Syntax." Through brilliant readings of poems by Bishop, Frost, Kunitz, Lawrence, and others, Voigt examines the signature musical scoring writers deploy to orchestrate meaning. "This structure this architecture is the essential drama of the poem's composition," she argues. "The Art of Syntax" is an indispensable book on the writer's craft by one of America's best and most influential poets and teachers.

About the Author
Ellen Bryant Voigt is the author of seven collections of poetry, including "Messenger: New and Selected Poems 1976 2006," which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. She lives in Vermont."