- the metrical analysis of verse. The usual marks for scansion are ˘ for a short or unaccented syllable, ¯ or · for a long or accented syllable, ^ for a rest, | for a foot division, and ‖ for a caesura or pause.
Origin of scansion
Examples from the Web for scansion
Words are shoehorned in without much regard for scansion, stress, or tone.You Too Can Hear U2 Overthink Its New Song
November 22, 2013
It is either hexameter or pentameter, according to the scansion?
I wanted to read it aloud to you and get in my practice on scansion that way.Beatrice Leigh at College
Julia Augusta Schwartz
Morris inserts ben after rakel, to the ruin of the scansion.
It makes no difference, either to the sense or the scansion.
Altered to Sim-e-kin by Tyrwhitt, for the scansion; but cf. ll.
Word Origin and History for scansion
1670s, "action of marking off of verse in metric feet," from Late Latin scansionem (nominative scansio), in classical Latin, "act of climbing," noun of action from past participle stem of scandere "to climb" (see scan (v.)). From 1650s in English in literal sense of "action of climbing up."