From the Book - Second edition.
Introduction: the mind that reads
What the poem thinks: a poetics
The six elements of relation and resemblance. Line and half-meaning ; Syntax and whole meaning ; Diction and layers in meaning ; Trope and thought ; Rhetoric and speech ; Rhythm as combination
The elements, controlled in time. Accentual-syllabic meter: the role of stress and interval ; Stanza and rhyme: the role of echo ; Further rhythms in English, counted forms: accentual verse and syllabic verse (including Haiku) ; Further rhythms in English, non-counted forms: the four freedoms of free verse
Writing in form. Exercises for beginning and advanced writers ; Poetic terms ; Annotated bibliography of further readings ; List of Poems by form.