Correctly identify the scansion of the following lines.1.dancing bears and buttered popcorn; huge balloons of red and purple;2. In the dark of the night with the wind in that tree, I am sure...

Correctly identify the scansion of the following lines.

1.dancing bears and buttered popcorn; huge balloons of red and purple;

2. In the dark of the night with the wind in that tree, I am sure there's a ghost and I run aimlessly.

3. "Who's that>" screamed Dad. "Hang up!" He's mad!

4. Sandwiches made with salami and cheese Served on a blanket; but, wait hear the bees?

5. He bought a brand new car in town. It's fast and red; the top goes down!

Expert Answers
robertwilliam eNotes educator| Certified Educator

To work these out, first highlight the stresses:

DANcing BEARS and BUTTered POPcorn; HUGE ballOONS of RED and PURple

Then spell out what rhythm you've got, and what pattern is being followed

DUM de / DUM de / DUM de / DUM de (x2)

DUM de = trochee. There's four per line (rhyme is a good clue as to where the line ends, usually). So what you've got here is trochaic tetrameter.

To the rest:

2. In the DARK of the NIGHT with the WIND in that TREE, I am SURE there's a GHOST and I RUN aimlessLY.

de de DUM / de de DUM / de de DUM / de de DUM (x2)

de de DUM = anapaest
anapaestic tetrameter

3. "Who's THAT?" screamed DAD. "Hang UP!" He's MAD!

de DUM / de DUM (x2)

de DUM = iamb
iambic dimeter

4. SANDwiches MADE with saLAmi and CHEESE. SERVED on a BLANKet; but, WAIT hear the BEES?

DUM de de / DUM de de / DUM de de / DUM ...(x2)

DUM de de = dactyl
dactylic tetrameter (final foot has ghost beats)

5. He BOUGHT a BRAND new CAR in TOWN. It's FAST and RED; the TOP goes DOWN!

de DUM / de DUM / de DUM / de DUM (x2)

de DUM = iamb
iambic tetrameter