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the analysis of the metrical structure of verse
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



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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My reading will ground two related claims: first, that the singular rhythmical variety of "Kubla Khan" offers an opportunity to reconsider the relationship between conventional scansion, on the one hand, and more quantitatively exact analytic methods, on the other.
In fact the wind in "Hesperia" is filled as if with this sound effect, which in turn is, or is filled with, something else: "the pulse of invisible feet." Ultimately the Hesperian breeze, that breath of poetic inspiration "from the region of stories," is perceptible in the way that verse is perceptible: as "feet" that make their presence known only by an imagined pulse that has no materiality, being neither visible (as scansion marks on a page, for example) nor auditory but ideal.
In (1), we see that the traditional scansion (7) gives the metrical structure [??][??]-x, which occurs in only 250 (1.5%) tristubh cadences in the Rigveda.
For him, the difference between meter and rhythm is the difference between relative simplicity and complexity: "The notation of scansion defines with comfortable accuracy metrical structure; the rhythms of even the simplest poem are too complex to be ever completely analyzed" (39).
Il y a une abondance de coupes enjambantes: trente-trois, selon ma scansion, y compris au premier mot, "Com|me," et notamment a "Fleu|ves" (vv.
The poet and prosodist Sidney Lanier developed systems of musical scansion not because Tennyson wrote music but because meter was abstract and plastic.
The final chapter, "The Remedial Implications of Spatial Form," is the most remarkable portion of the book as Stevanato narrows in on Woolf's poetics and demonstrates formal analysis with accompanying charts and diagrams of scansion. She parses Woolf's metrics to reveal the kinds of patterns, recurrences, repetitions, and variations surrounding the concept of vision that are central in the novels, a technique of formal prosody that produces "sound patterns" of meaning--verbal and literary patterns of expression, which complicate and finally give shape to space and vision (211).
Furthermore, those variations are made not by rigid scansion but by how any reader interprets the voice of the speaker in the poem; what one reader hears as a spondee, another still may hear as the iamb the metrical grid of the line--iambic pentameter--says it should be.
Susan Berry Brill de Ramirez's essay on Alexie's poetry is the most formalist of the essays and will challenge readers unfamiliar with scansion, though the intervention is welcome because, as Ramirez indicates, Alexie's fiction has received more scholarly attention than his poetry.
This can mean modifying the scansion of a line or searching for the perfect word.
Occasionally the turns of phrase here descend below the social class of the characters, and her changing of the hour of assignation between Falstaff and Alice to suit the scansion could easily have been avoided.