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1/26/2021 Unit Activity: Reflecting on a Poem's Form ; 1/3 Task 1 Reflecting on a Poem's Form Earlier in this unit, you learned how to analyze a poem's rhythm which is de±ned by the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in each line. Scansion is the technical term for scanning a poem line by line and word by word, marking which syllables are stressed and unstressed. Look at the metrical pattern, or meter, of the ±rst two lines of Robert Frost's poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." The character x marks an unstressed syllable, while the character / marks a stressed syllable (in bold font in the text). x / x / x / x / Whose woods | these are | I think | I know . x / x / x / x / His house | is in | the vill | age though ; The scansion marks show that each line in the stanza has the same pattern: four pairs per line with the unstressed syllable before the stressed syllable in each pair (x / x / x / x /). This pattern is called iambic

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