Welcome to Scansion,
the second unit of the Hexametrica site.
(from the Latin scandere, "to move upward by steps") refers to the process—some
would call it an art—of dividing a verse into its metrical components. It
also called scanning.
process is different from actual recitation, which seeks to preserve both sound
and sense along with rhythm; in scansion
the primary concerns are to determine whether syllables are long or short and
to group them into feet. Scanning is good preparation
for recitation, but with practice one can easily recite and scan
this unit you will read about the following:
exploring this unit, you will be ready to begin reciting lines of Latin hexameter