Scansion Assignment, Due at the start of class, Friday 9/15
I have posted a double-spaced copy in Word of Seamus Heaney's Digging here.
When you click this link, you will be prompted to save the file to your
own desktop of disk. Do so, open it in Word, and then print it
If for some reason you can't open the Word version, there is an html version
as a web page. Click that, select the entire page, and copy the text
into whatever word-processing software you use. Print it out, and
proceed as above.
Your job is to scan the entire poem by marking on this printed copy the
accented and unaccented syllables and where they fall. First decide on
all of the accented/stressed syllables, then fill in the
Make your markings legible and above the syllables so your peer reader can see them well.
Use the standard convention such that unstressed/unaccented syllables are marked with a small curve or U
And accented syllables are marked with / or X
(See Lennard p. 12, Seagull Reader p. 36 for examples of each method)