Poetry PowerPoint Video: Prosody, Scansion, Rhythm, and Rhyme

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This 45-minute PowerPoint video contains a lecture of me speaking during each slide about how to scan a line of poetry and identify the stressed and unstressed syllables. I also attached a one-page reference sheet with essential terms (class handout) and the PowerPoint without the videos. I use Alfred Corn's system of 1s (weaker), 2s (intermediate) , and 3s (stronger) to make it easier for students who might be on the fence about whether a syllable gets a stress or not. I'll cover iambs, trochees, dactyls, anapests, and spondees, and monometer, dimeter, trimeter, tetrameter, pentameter, hexameter, heptameter, octometer, catalectic, and hypercatalectic. I also cover other terms used specifically in poetry, like the different stanza types (couplet, tercet, quatrain, etc.), weak and strong rhymes, internal rhyme, interliner internal rhyme, off (near, slant) rhyme, alliteration (head rhyme), assonance, consonance, euphony, cacophony, refrain, caesura, enjambment, and onomatopoeia.

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