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Scanning lines of poetry for meter Jan 9, 2013

Here is film of our freshman English class Jan. 9.  I have a worksheet with lines from many different poems.  Your job is to mark the stressed and unstressed syllables in the lines and then come up with what type of meter it is.  The video shows us working on it together in class after some individual work time.

The lines are below if you do not have the worksheet. A “U” stands for unstressed, while a “/” stands for a stressed syllable.

Monometer = 1 foot
Dimeter = 2 feet
Trimeter = 3 feet
Tetrameter = 4 feet
Pentameter = 5 feet

Iamb U/
Trochee /U
Anapest UU/
Dactyl /UU

The sun glowed red at break of day

Meant in croaking, “nevermore.”

Touch her not scornfully

And the sound of a voice that is still

Gossiping grasshoppers

There was once a young man from Madrid

A narrow fellow in the grass

Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird and bust and door

My life closed twice before it closed

It yet remains to see

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak of weary

And now comes an act of enormous enormance

No former performer’s performed this performance.


About Mrs. Gage

English and journalism teacher at Mount Vernon High School since 2001. Adviser to www.themustangmoon.com school newspaper and The Centaur yearbook. ICTE Executive Board, IHSPA Board of Directors, CJE in JEA.


One thought on “Scanning lines of poetry for meter Jan 9, 2013

  1. Reblogged this on yasniger and commented:
    Quite the lesson

    Posted by yasniger | January 9, 2013, 10:58 pm

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