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scansion

the analysis of the metrical structure of verse

Scansion

 

the artificial reading of poetry to emphasize its metric structure. In the scanning of syllabic verse, each syllable is emphasized separately. In the scanning of syllabotonic verse, all strong syllables are stressed and all weak syllables are left unstressed; for example, Dukh-ótritsán’ia, dúkh somnén’ia (“Spirit of negation, spirit of doubt”; A. Pushkin). When dol’niki and taktoviki are scanned, the syllables are drawn out or pauses are inserted in the shortened intervals between the stresses, for example, Vkhozhú-u ia v témnye khrámy or Vkhozhú ia (pause) v témnye khrámy (“I enter dark temples”; A. A. Blok).

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