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A Rational Guide to Verse
or, Scansion Made Simple

Structure requires analysis

A poet creates verse by arranging words into equal feet and equal lines-- but a poet's English dialect may not be the same as yours.  Feet that are naturally equal in the poet's dialect may be naturally unequal in yours.  When reading verse, you want to be certain that all its feet and all its lines are equal, as the poet intended.

To confirm the equality of a verse, you apply metrical analysis.  Performing metrical analysis on a verse ensures that all of it is natural-- and none of it is prose.  The second part of this guide will show you how to organize syllables into equal feet and equal lines.

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