Jorge C.

asked • 08/21/15

how to mark the meter of a poem and scan it ?

Ive never learned anything of iambic and meters so when this was in the summer packet in my new school I got really nervous can anyone help break down how to scan a poem? the poem is if we must die by Claude Mckay but I'm more interested how to do the skill in the first place

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Jennifer T. answered • 08/22/15

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Jorge C.

thank you! I figured out my poem is an iambic pentameter as well but is it possible to have a few DUM-da or DA-Dum moments in an iambic pentameter or having that title means it can only have a da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM rhythm. Could you also explain what feminine endings are? thanks again.


Jennifer T.

While technically iambic pentameter means it has the da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM rhythm sometimes there are rhythmic  variations. In short yes it is possible to have DUM-da or DA-dum moments or even for the whole thing to be done that way (DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM da). Feminine endings are also an example of  rhythmic variations. They occur when the line ends with an extra unstressed syllable(da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM da). Hope this answers your questions.


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