Other literary forms

(Poets and Poetry in America)

In addition to her many volumes of poetry, Josephine Miles wrote more than a dozen books developing her theories of poetry and applying these theories to particular poets and eras. Among the most widely read of these works are Eras and Modes in English Poetry (1957, 1964) and Style and Proportion: The Language of Prose and Poetry (1967, 1984). These books are detailed structural analyses of English poetry and prose; all of Miles’s criticism expounds her theory that the structure of language changes to reflect the spirit of the time that the language expresses. Her one play, House and Home, was first performed in 1960 and was published in First Stage in 1965.