Book: Rhyme’s Reason: A Guide to English Verse

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Rhyme’s Reason: A Guide to English Verse

John Hollander; foreword by J. D. McClatchy, adjunct professor of English & editor of The Yale Review; afterword by Richard Wilbur

(Yale University Press)

Poet John Hollander (1929-2013) was Sterling Professor of English at Yale. In “Rhyme’s Reason,” he surveys the schemes, patterns, and forms of English verse in this classic text, illustrating each variation with an original and witty self-descriptive example. In new essays for this fourth edition, J. D. McClatchy and Richard Wilbur each offer a personal take on why the book has played such an important role in the education of young poets and student scholars.


The first edition of “Rhyme’s Reason” was awarded the Modern Language Association’s Mina P. Shaughnessy Medal for an outstanding research publication in the field of teaching English language and literature.

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