Writing

What Is Scansion in Poetry? How to Recognize and Use Scansion

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 1, 2021 • 2 min read

The flowy, figurative words in a poem tell a story. But beneath the descriptive language, the mechanics of a poem dictate how it should be read. Scansion breaks down the anatomy of a poem. It’s a method of deciphering the metrical pattern that propels the words.