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Title: Poetry Rhythm


1
Poetry Rhythm
  • Meter Foot

2
Scansion
  • is the art of scanning a line or poem for meter
    and foot.
  • In a structured poem, each line has a specific
    number of feet in a specific meter.

3
Meter
  • A stressed syllable is a syllable that is
    emphasised in speech.
  • It is represented, in scansion, by a forward
    slash ( / ).
  • An unstressed syllable is spoken with less
    emphasis and it represented, in scansion, by a
    curved line ( u ).

4
Which syllable is emphasized?
  • Meter (say, MEE-ter) /U
  • Nathan (say NA-than) /U
  • Natasha (say na-TA-sha) U/U
  • Carolyn (say CA-ro-lyn) /UU
  • Emphasis (say, EM-fa-sis) /UU

5
You try
  • Identify the emphasis in your full name with
    capitals and Us and slashes.
  • For example
  • MS pat-TER-son
  • / U / U

6
(Metric) Feet
  • A foot is a pair or group of syllables that
    repeats itself.
  • like a pair of feet walkin along

7
Some standard feet
  • An iamb is a classic syllable combination.
  • Its suppose to best mimic natural speech.
  • Shakespeare used it throughout his plays.
  • One unstressed, followed by one stressed
    syllable.

8
The iamb
  • U/

9
The anapest
  • UU/

10
The trochee TRO-kee
  • /U

11
The dactyl
  • /UU

12
Put foot and meter together
13
A line with a dominant foot can be described by
modifying the foot name into an adjective
  • Iambic
  • Anapestic
  • Trochaic
  • Dactylic

14
Now count the number of feet in a line.
  • The number of feet defines the meter.
  • Octameter would be the correct adjective to
    describe a line with 8 feet

15
Naming the meter
  1. Monometer
  2. Dimeter
  3. Trimeter
  4. Tetrameter
  5. Pentameter
  6. Hexameter
  7. Heptameter
  8. Octameter

16
Here are the first two lines of Romeo Juliet
  • Two households, both alike in dignity
  • In fair Verona, where we lay our scene.
  • 1. Copy them in your notes (double spaced).
  • 2. Identify which syllables of these words are
    stressed/ naturally emphasized.

17
What is the recurring foot?
  • Iambic!

18
How many iambs are there?
  • Five!

19
So five feet of iamb
  • is called
  • IAMBIC PENTAMETER
  • YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

20
Limerick
  • A limerick is a short comical poem with an aabba
    rhyme scheme.
  • Limericks traditionally have 5 lines
  • Lines 1,2 and 5 are anapestic trimeter.
  • Lines 3 4 are anapestic dimeter.

21
Limerick
  • How would it look if you scanned it?
  • Write it out in symbols in your notes.
  • UU/UU/UU/
  • UU/UU/UU/
  • UU/UU/
  • UU/UU/
  • UU/UU/UU/

22
Thats all for now.
  • Try to write a couple limericks.
  • Theyre fun.
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