Basic scansion: an example
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Below is the first line of the Aeneid, scanned according to the preceding four rules (Figure D).

 
 
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Figure D. Scansion of Aeneid 1.1.
 
Note that the theses of feet one and two are long by position.  All other syllables are either long or short by nature.

Note also that divisions between feet do not necessarily correspond to those between words.  For example, it takes an entire word (arma) plus part of another (vir-) to comprise the first dactyl.  Still, the last foot (oris) is all contained within a single word.

 
 
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