Introduction: the failure of meter Modern instability Metrical communities Meter as culture A note on historical prosody The history of meter A metrical history of England A grammatical history of England Grammatical instability Metrical instability The stigma of meter Metrical irrelevance The British empire of letters Marking instress Acute stress in "The wreck of the Deutschland" Mistrusting the ear The institution of meter Metrical mastery Inventing the "Britannic" Dynamic reading Mastery for the masses The English ear A prosodic entity The discipline of meter Patriotic pedagogy Matthew Arnold's metrical intimacy Henry Newbolt's cultural metrics Private meters, public rhythms The sound of the drum The trauma of meter Wartime, poetics Sad death for a poet! Therapeutic measures Bent-double The kindred points of heaven and home The before- and afterlife of meter Metrical modernism Make it old : Robert Bridges and obsolescence Alice Meynell's "English metres" Toward a critical prosody.
Includes bibliographical references(p. 241-259) and index.
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