How to Scan a Poem



hello today I will be discussing how to scan a poem and I'm not talking about using a scanner I'm talking about scansion sketching is an interesting process of determining the rhythm and the meter of a poem the rhythm of a poem is the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line the meter is the number of feet in a line yes that's right lines have feet and scansion is describing the rhythm of the poetry by dividing it into lines and into feet and marking the stressed and unstressed syllables now first let's talk about stress and unstressed syllables consider these two names here Elaine and Ashley now when you think about it if we were to use a you to describe the unstressed syllable and a lie disgrace describe the stressed ones then Elaine would have all stressed stressed Elaine whereas Ashley would have stressed unstressed Ashley now let's talk about how that figures into poetry I want to go to Italy and eat a pizza pie now let's mark the stressed and unstressed syllables I want five what to go to go to Italy to e told E and eat and eat a pizza pie there we go see now this particular pattern stress unstressed stressed unstressed stressed unstressed stressed is cold I am Nick each one of these unstressed stressed patterns is n aya there are many other patterns like this this is a true key you may recognize this from a Shakespearean play it goes double double toil and Trott fire burn and cauldron box it's a trochee the pattern of a trochee is stressed unstressed now this one is my Edgar Allan Poe for the moon never beams without bringing me dreams of the beautiful Annabel Lee let's look at these stressed and unstressed syllables for the moon never beams without bringing me dreams of the be you cheerful ah nah no bail me that is called an N pest or a nap a stick one more that we'll be discussing today is dactylic with use of the data this is a song by the Beatles picture yourself in a boat on a river with tangerine trees and marmalades got eyes picture yourself in a folks on far river with tangerine tree jeez and and marmalade Scott ha nice that you see yeah the next that is rhythm the next part of scansion is dividing each line into feet poems have a feet oh yeah a line has one meter in it then it is called mono meter with one foot diameter for two feet try meter for three feet tetrameter for four feet pentameter for five feet hexameter for six feet hepta meter for seven feet and octa meter for eight feet and it goes on like that you can have them keep going if you want but for now we want now let's imagine that this song by the Beatles is a poem and we'll break it into feats by the pattern of trip tackles picture your sub picture yours that's one foot selfie enough it's another foot boat in up at the foot river with and so on and so forth tangerine tree tea users marmalade Scott pot pies now we can count them one two three four one two three four there we go that's it that's four feet and all right now we look back on our chart that's a tetrameter so it's this song reform it would be in italic oops tetra move meter go now let's go back to do double double toil and trouble let's look at this one okay we have our stressed unstressed stressed unstressed each one of these is a foot just unstressed stressed unstressed stressed unstressed unstressed stressed unstressed stressed unstressed we have one two three four one two three four and again this is Tetra meter all right now Shakespeare does not usually write in Chokey chests tetrameter anybody who knows Shakespeare knows that he usually writes more like this this is a sonnet 18 shall I compare thee to a summers day thou art more lovely and more temperate rough winds do shake the Darling Buds of May and summers lease leash had all too short a date all right shall I compare thee to a summers day thou art more lovely and more temperate rough winds do shake the Darling Buds of May and summers lease hath all too short a date now each one of these is an I am shall I compare to so stay thou art my love lovely and more temperate rough winds do shake the Darling Buds of May and summers lease all too short a date there we go now let's count this one two three four five one two three four five one two three four five one two three four five that's right this is pentameter and because each of these is an I am we call it I am attempt that is how to scan a poem

27 thoughts on “How to Scan a Poem

  1. Are there any hard-&-fast rules for finding stress? I feel like it all depends on ones accent. Like, anything can be stressed or not drornfing on how the word is spoken.

  2. Can you explain how to identify if it's stressed or unstressed

  3. Please let me know how to identify whether the syllable is stressed and unstressed.

  4. You are just doing great in this video thank you so much

  5. Half the time I think the unstressed syllable actually sounds more stressed than the stressed syllable πŸ™ damn my ears

  6. The examples are what exactly what my teacher gave us. Thanks for the answers

  7. Pls make other videos on English literature

  8. Awesome. thank you mam for such great job

  9. where are you from? you have an interesting accent, almost sounds like american english and british english mixed XD

  10. Be clear , don't be in hurry burry. No body looks understand you

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