scan·​sion | \ ˈskan(t)-shən How to pronounce scansion (audio) \

Definition of scansion

: the analysis of verse to show its meter

Examples of scansion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And replacing Shakespearean scansion with looser Seuss-ish rhyme schemes would add to the comedy and make the long bouts of exposition at the beginning and end of the play less tedious. Christopher Arnott,, "Review: Elm Shakespeare’s ‘Comedy of Errors’ a joyous, joke-based stroll in the park," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of scansion

1671, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scansion

Late Latin scansion-, scansio, from Latin, act of climbing, from scandere

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The first known use of scansion was in 1671

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“Scansion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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