What is the scansion of "Poetry" by Marianne Moore?

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Scansion is the application of notation to poetry to show its metrical or rhythmic qualities. There are many formulas and methods for showing scansion. The most common notation uses / to mark stressed syllables and x to mark un-stressed syllables. (Because this poem is in free verse , I will...

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Scansion is the application of notation to poetry to show its metrical or rhythmic qualities. There are many formulas and methods for showing scansion. The most common notation uses / to mark stressed syllables and x to mark un-stressed syllables. (Because this poem is in free verse, I will not be marking feet, as they do not occur within free-verse poetry.)

/ / x / x x x / x x x / x

I, too, dislike it: there are things that are important

x / x x / x

beyond all this fiddle.

/ x x x / x x x / x x / x x

Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it,

x x / x x x x /

one discovers that there is in

x / x x x / x x / x x

it after all, a place for the genuine.

/ x x / /

Hands that can grasp, eyes

x x / x / x x /

that can dilate, hair that can rise

x x / / / x x / x /

if it must, these things are important not

x / x

because a

/ / x x / x / x x x / x / x

high sounding interpretation can be put upon them

x x / x x

but because they are

/ x / x x / / x / x / x x

useful; when they become so derivative as to

x / / x / x x x x

become unintelligible, the

/ x / x / x / x x x x

same thing may be said for all of us—that we

/ x x / x

do not admire what

x / x / x x x /

we cannot understand. The bat,

/ x x / x / x x / x

holding on upside down or in quest of

/ x x

something to

/ / x x / x x / / / x x /

eat, elephants pushing, a wild horse taking a roll,

x / x / / x

a tireless wolf under

x / x x / x x / x / x x / / x

a tree, the immovable critic twinkling his skin like a

/ x / x / x /

horse that feels a flea, the base-

x / x / x / x / x x /

ball fan, the statistician—case after case

x x / x /

could be cited did

/ / x / x x / x

one wish it; nor is it valid

x x / x x x / / x / x x

to discriminate against “business documents

x

and

/ x / x x / x x x x / x

school-books”; all these phenomena are important.

x / / x x / x

One must make a distinction

x / x x / / x / x x x /

however: when dragged into prominence by half

/ x

poets,

x x / x x / x x

the result is not poetry,

/ / x / x x x / x x x

nor till the autocrats among us can be

/ x x x x

“literalists of

x x / x x x x /

the imagination”—above

/ x x x / x / x x x x x /

insolence and triviality and can present

x x / x x / x x x / x x / /

for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads

x x x x /

in them, shall we have

x / x / x x x x / x / /

it. In the meantime, if you demand on one hand,

x x / x x / x / x

in defiance of their opinion—

x / x / x x x / x x x

the raw material of poetry in

/ x / x x

all its rawness, and

/ x x / x / x /

that which is on the other hand,

/ x x / / x / x x x x / x x

genuine, then you are interested in poetry.

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