Scansion meaning

skănshən
The act of scanning, or analyzing, poetry in terms of its rhythmic components.
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Analysis of verse into metrical patterns.
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The graphic representation, indicated by marked accents, feet, etc., of the rhythm of a line or lines of verse.
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The rhythm or meter of a line or verse.
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The act of analysing the meter of poetry.
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Origin of scansion

  • Late Latin scānsiō scānsiōn- from Latin act of climbing from scānsus past participle of scandere to climb skand- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin scanscionem, accusative singular of scansiō (“the act of climbing"), from scandō (“I climb").

    From Wiktionary