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Meter and Scansion. The intended effects of stress. The foot- --1 stressed and 1 or more unstressed syllables Iamb u / = rising meter the movement is toward the stress Trochee (reverse of iamb) / u = falling meter the movement is away from the stress Anapest (3 syllables) u u /

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Meter and Scansion

The intended effects of stress


The foot---1 stressed and 1 or more unstressed syllables

Iamb u / = rising meter the movement is toward the stress

Trochee (reverse of iamb) / u = falling meter the movement is away from the stress

Anapest (3 syllables) u u /

Dactylic (reverse of anapest) / u u

Basic unit of meter in poetry is


Analysis of the rhythm of poem (scan for the poetic foot and number of feet

Will have 2 (maybe 3) parts of a name

Types of feet

Monometer (1 foot/line)

Dimeter (2 feet/line)

Trimeter (3 feet/line)

Tetrameter (4 feet/line)

Pentameter (5 feet/line)

Hexameter (6 feet/line)

Scansion


Examples

  • “To a Waterfowl”---iambic trimeter

  • “The Bells”---irregular iambic pentameter

  • “Brahma”---irregular iambic tetrameter

  • “The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls”---irregular iambic tetrameter

  • “The Courtin’”---iambic tetrameter and irregular iambic trimeter


How in the world did you come up with those names for that poetry?

  • Read lines in context

  • Mark stressed and unstressed syllables

  • Divide into feet

  • Count feet

  • Note any irregularities


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