Andrey (azangru) wrote,

From the book Studying Literature, 2nd ed., published in 2010 and targeted at college undergraduates, a section on poetic meter:

The discussion of the distribution of stressed and unstressed syllables (along with the provided examples) is a rather naive one. In Gray’s stanza, both herd and wind on the second line should be stressed (but the schematic shows wind as unstressed), while o'er and and are hardly stressed. In The Raven, the preposition upon and the conjunction while are hardly stressed.

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