The Book of Forms
A Handbook of Poetics, Fifth Edition
Published by: University of New Mexico Press
448 Pages, 5.50 x 8.50 in, 2 figs.
- 9780826361882 | September 2020
Now in its fifth edition, The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics continues to be the go-to reference and guide for students, teachers, and critics. A companion for poets from novice to master, The Book of Forms has been called "the poet's bible" for more than fifty years. Filled with both common and rarely heard of forms and prosodies, Turco's engaging style and apt examples invite writers to try their hands at exploring forms in ways that challenge and enrich their work. Revised for today's poet, the fifth edition includes the classic rules of scansion and the useful Form-Finder Index alongside new examples of terms and prose that are essential to the study of all forms of poetry and verse. As Turco writes in the introduction, "It should go without saying that the more one knows how to do, the more one can do."
Foreword to the Fifth Edition
Part I. The Elements of Poetry
The Typographical Level
The Sonic Level
The Sensory Level
The Ideational Level
Part II. Form-Finder Index
Part III. Traditional Verse Forms
A Chronology of Post-Modern Books Concerning Verse Forms
Author and Title Index