How to Scan a Poem
Introduction


_____ Is there an easy way to scan a metrical poem? What are the basics?

_____ The most fundamental principle of scansion is that the process must make sense. If we have two choices, one of which is more convoluted and complex than the other, the easier tack is the preferred one.

_____ Thus, we already have in place the first of our three golden guidelines, the "KISS" Rule:

1. "Keep It Simple, Stupid."


What is the fancy name for the study of language as it relates to poetry?
  • Poemology.

  • Literature.

  • Prosody.

  • Proctology.

  • Boring.
Hit "The Foot and Meter" for your answer.

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How to Scan a Poem: Introduction.
I
The Foot and Meter.
II
Substitutions.
III
Too Many or Too Few Feet.
IV
Scansion.
V
When Scansion Fails.
VI
Test Your Scansion Skills.
VII
Check out the learning resources.

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