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Clement Wood (1888–1950)

Författare till The Complete Rhyming Dictionary: Including The Poet's Craft Book

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Clement Wood was a writer, lawyer, and schoolteacher who was born in Alabama in 1883. Wood's work as editor for The Complete Rhyming Dictionary is his best remembered contribution to modern poets everywhere. Clement Wood died in 1950. (Bowker Author Biography)

Verk av Clement Wood

The Complete Rhyming Dictionary (1936) 130 exemplar
Poets' Handbook (1940) 18 exemplar
Tom Sawyer Grows Up (1939) 10 exemplar
King Henry, the rake (1929) 2 exemplar
A short history of the Jews (1924) 2 exemplar
Flesh 2 exemplar
Flesh and Other Stories (2012) 2 exemplar
Amy Lowell: A Critical Study (1926) 2 exemplar
The Tabloid Murders (1930) 2 exemplar
Desire and Other Stories (1952) 2 exemplar
The Best American jokes (1920) 2 exemplar
Strange Fires (1951) 2 exemplar
Mountain 1 exemplar
Fair Game (1949) 1 exemplar
Studio Affair [189] (1951) 1 exemplar
The Coffin 1 exemplar
Nigger (2022) 1 exemplar
Sorry Wrong Corpse 1 exemplar
Other men's wives 1 exemplar
Glad to Earth 1 exemplar
Poets of America 1 exemplar
Best Irish Jokes 1 exemplar

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Namn enligt folkbokföringen
Wood, Clement Richardson
Födelsedag
1888-09-01
Avled
1950-10-26
Kön
male

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This is an updated version of Clement Wood's original work from 1936, which I have reviewed separately, although LIbraryThing seems to have combined the two. There is little difference, except for the addition of 10,000 new entries. Wood's original essay on "The Poet's Craft" is included basically intact, except for at least one slight edit, which replaces the N-word with "peoples". Other than that, the original essay, with its references and quotes to poets both well-known and largely forgotten--including Clement Wood himself--appears unchanged. (Wood was a prolific writer of all types of books, including poetry, pulp fiction, pornography, and pretty much anything else you can imagine, as well as being a socialist and atheist--which didn't sit too well with many folks in Alabama, where he grew up.)

I do find it a bit amazing that his highly opinionated and prescriptive essay is still in print, but I guess rhyming dictionaries are not on the top of the list for paying anyone to make substantial updates. In any case, it is mostly a good introduction, though he dwells too long on really obscure French forms of poetry. I am convinced that Stephen Fry used Wood's work as the basis for his brilliant "The Ode Not Taken" which provides, in a much more modern and humorous manner, the same sort of instruction, minus the non-essentials, and with integrated exercises along the way--in line with Wood's own suggestion.

As for the rhyming dictionary itself, it is laid out in a phonetic arrangement that takes a while to get used to compared to a rhyming dictionary that includes an index (or an ebook where you can easily search for the word you want to rhyme with). But by omitting an index, there is a whole lot more room for actual rhymes.

This newer version continues to insist, quite vehemently, that "north" and "forth" (and "nor" and "fore" as well) don't rhyme because the 'o' sound is different. The contention is that the 'o' in "old" and the 'o' in "for" are different sounds. But I don't buy it. Nor do the Penguin Rhyming Dictionary or Merriam-Webster Rhyming Dictionary I bought at the same time.

Of all four rhyming dictionaries I purchased, the M-W, which is organized alphabetically by the letters to be rhymed (such as "orth") may be the easiest to use. It doesn't really require an index, and you don't have to look at a lot of phonetic symbols.
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datrappert | 4 andra recensioner | Apr 24, 2020 |
I bought this after reading reviews of some newer versions which said that they didn't include the long introductory part on The Poet's Craft. However, my newer version does include it, with at least one slight edit, which replaces the N-word with "peoples". Other than that, the original 1936 essay, with its references and quotes to poets both well-known and largely forgotten--including Clement Wood himself--appears intact. (Wood was a prolific writer of all types of books, including poetry, pulp fiction, pornography, and pretty much anything else you can imagine, as well as being a socialist and atheist--which didn't sit too well with many folks in Alabama, where he grew up.)

I do find it a bit amazing that his highly opinionated and prescriptive essay is still in print, but I guess rhyming dictionaries are not on the top of the list for paying anyone to make substantial updates. In any case, it is mostly a good introduction, though he dwells too long on really obscure French forms of poetry. I am convinced that Stephen Fry used Wood's work as the basis for his brilliant "The Ode Not Taken" which provides, in a much more modern and humorous manner, the same sort of instruction, minus the non-essentials, and with integrated exercises along the way--in line with Wood's own suggestion.

As for the rhyming dictionary itself, it is laid out in a phonetic arrangement that takes a while to get used to compared to a rhyming dictionary that includes an index (or an ebook where you can easily search for the word you want to rhyme with). But by omitting an index, there is a whole lot more room for actual rhymes. I haven't done any sort of comparison with the newer edition, which claims to include 10,000 new entries, but the arrangement is the same.

Both books also insist that "north" and "forth" (and "nor" and "fore" as well) don't rhyme because the 'o' sound is different. The contention is that the 'o' in "old" and the 'o' in "for" are different sounds. But I don't buy it. Nor does the Penguin Rhyming Dictionary or Merriam-Webster Rhyming Dictionary I bought at the same time.

Of all four rhyming dictionaries, the M-W, which is organized alphabetically by the letters to be rhymed (such as "orth") may be the easiest to use. It doesn't really require an index, and you don't have to look at a lot of phonetic symbols.
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datrappert | 4 andra recensioner | Apr 24, 2020 |
The text/content is useful and thorough, the introductory primer on poetry is helpful. I made the mistake of assuming this edition was the same in other respects as a copy of this work which I have from Doubleday 1991. However, this edition turns out to be mass-market quality: cheap paper and diminutive size, lower quality binding. Much prefer the 1991 Doubleday which I have but is falling apart from use.
 
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rodwms | Mar 23, 2019 |
A wonderful and much-used resource.
 
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unclebob53703 | 4 andra recensioner | Feb 21, 2016 |

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