CDs and Such

Metrical Theory





In due course I shall produce a CD on which I demonstrate the simple, underlying, musically-based rhythmical principles that have informed most English poetry from its earliest written beginnings. This recording will probably have the title

On Musical Measures in English Verse

I shall take issue with the long, wearisome and tyrannical attempts by so many prosodists to apply pseudo-classical measures and methodology to all English verse. One leading voice in the world of modern poetry has crassly suggested that

‘The iambic pentameter is in our bones, and affects how we feel our language.'

This is nonsense.