Rules for the Dance (Paperback)

A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse

By Mary Oliver

Mariner Books, 9780395850862, 208pp.

Publication Date: July 27, 1998

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"True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, / As those move easiest who have learn'd to dance," wrote Alexander Pope. "The dance," in the case of Oliver's brief and luminous book, refers to the interwoven pleasures of sound and sense to be found in some of the most celebrated and beautiful poems in the English language, from Shakespeare to Edna St. Vincent Millay to Robert Frost. With a poet's ear and a poet's grace of expression, Oliver shows what makes a metrical poem work - and enables readers, as only she can, to "enter the thudding deeps and the rippling shallows of sound-pleasure and rhythm-pleasure that intensify both the poem's narrative and its ideas."

About the Author

Best-selling poet Mary Oliver's works include Red Bird,Our World, Thirst, and Blue Iris. She has also published several books of prose, including Rules for the Dance and Long Life

Praise For Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse

"What good company Mary Oliver is!" The Los Angeles Times