Third Assignment

Generative Metrics

Write out a full generative metrics tree chart of the metre of both of the two following excerpts. Write a short essay (at least two full pages and no more than four full pages) that discusses the decisions you made and the problems you encountered in performing the generative metrics scansion. What does this approach reveal about the lines of the poem? What are the problems (or limitations) inherent in this approach? Include your scansion/chart with your essay (in addition to the essay’s page count).

Note: If you can write a sufficiently detailed analysis by just working with one of the two excerpts below, you may safefly ignore the other excerpt.

The assignment is due in class on March 15th.


Alfred Tennyson, from “In Memoriam: 121” (lines 17-20)

Sweet Hesper-Phosphor, double name
      For what is one, the first, the last,
      Thou, like my present and my past,
Thy place is changed; thou art the same.


Percy Bysshe Shelley, from “Alastor” (lines 308-10)

The day was fair and sunny: sea and sky
Drank its inspiring radiance, and the wind
Swept strongly from the shore, blackening the waves.