can you say scansion?

May 17, 2015

for better for verse

Perhaps your poetic preferences don’t run to traditionally-metered verse. But whether your words rhyme or not, an understanding of meter can help you hear the music in any text and make you a better reader-aloud of your own poetry.

The University of Virginia Department of English offers an online tutorial that is both easy to use and instructive: for better or verse. The site includes a collection of some five dozen poems and an interactive tool that allows you to test your understanding of meter. There is a glossary of relevant terms and some poems also have audio links. The Instructions are detailed, helpful and a good place to start.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: