Poems: Meter and Scansion help?

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Feb 26, 2010
  1. tinymonkeyt

    Member tinymonkeyt GBAtemp brat

    Feb 27, 2008
    United States
    I know this isn't really the place to be asking, but who knows, maybe some of you guys are lyrical geniuses?

    So I kinda need help with this poem I need to analyze for meter and scansion. Yes, I know what they are, but I just can't really figure this out.

    Here's the poem:

    A Late Aubade
    Richard Wilbur

    You could be sitting now in a carrel
    Turning some liver-spotted page,
    Or rising in an elevator-cage
    Toward Ladies' Apparel.

    You could be planting a raucous bed
    Of salvia, in rubber gloves,
    Or lunching through a screed of someone's loves
    With pitying head.

    Or making some unhappy setter
    Heel, or listening to a bleak
    Lecture on Schoenberg's serial technique.
    Isn't this better?

    Think of all the time you are not
    Wasting, and would not care to waste,
    Such things, thank God, not being to your taste.
    Think what a lot

    Of time, by woman's reckoning,
    You've saved, and so may spend on this,
    You who had rather lie in bed and kiss
    Than anything.

    It's almost noon, you say? If so,
    Time flies, and I need not rehearse
    The rosebuds-theme of centuries of verse.
    If you must go,
    Wait for a while, then slip downstairs
    And bring us up some chilled white wine,
    And some blue cheese, and crackers, and some fine
    Ruddy-skinned pears.

    Yeah...I really suck at assigning stressed (/) and unstressed (U) syllables..so if you identify the meter and help me out with the stressed/unstressed, that'd be of great help!
  2. Overlord Nadrian

    Banned Overlord Nadrian Banned

    Jul 28, 2008
    Is it the same as in Latin, where stressed syllables are pronounced longer than the unstressed syllables? If so, I can help, otherwise, not, sorry D:

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