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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

Meter and Scansion

The intended effects of stress


Basic unit of meter in poetry is

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


Scansion

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
Examples number of feet

  • “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
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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