I read your Iambic Pentameter at http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?showtopic=2358
Since I couldn't reply to that thread, I will post my questions regarding scanning here. Hope it is ok.
First off, good stuff, Tony. A handy reference to the use of meters. After reading your helpful guide, I'm trying to apply what I've learned to a sonnet and done a scansion on one of Barrett Browning's sonnets. There are still areas I'm not quite sure. Please help.
But only three in all God's universe (unscanned version)
But only three in all God's universe
Have heard this word thou hast said,---Himself, beside
Thee speaking, and me listening! and replied
One of us . . . that was God, . . . and laid the curse
So darkly on my eyelids, as to amerce
My sight from seeing thee,---that if I had died,
The death-weights, placed there, would have signified
Less absolute exclusion. 'Nay' is worse
From God than from all others, O my friend!
Men could not part us with their worldly jars,
Nor the seas change us, nor the tempests bend;
Our hands would touch for all the mountain-bars:
And, heaven being rolled between us at the end,
We should but vow the faster for the stars.
but ON/ly THREE/ in All/ god's U/niVERSE (universe, can I emphasize a bit on VERSE?)
have HERD/ this WORD/ thou hast SAID,--/himSELF, /beSIDE (is F3 an anapest?)
thee SPEA/king, AND/ me LIste/ning! AND/ rePLIED (not sure about F3, is it an amphibrach or iamb?)
one OF/ us... THAT/ was GOD/,... and LAID/ the CURSE
so DARK/ly ON/ my EYE/lids, as TO/ aMERCE (F4, anapest?)
my SIGHT/ from SEE/ing THEE/,--that IF/ I had DIED, (F5 – anapest)
the DEATH/-weights, PLACED/ there, WOULD/ have SIG/niFIED (can I stress a bit on the last syllable in signified?)
less AB/soLUTE/ excLU/sion. "NAY"/ is WORSE (again, F2, stress on the 3rd syllable of absolute?)
from GOD/ than FROM/ all O/thers, O/ my FRIEND!
men COULD/ not PART/ us WITH/ their WORLD/ly JARS,
NOR the/ seas CHANGE /us, NOR/ the TEM/pests BEND;(F1, trochee?)
our HANDS/ would TOUCH/ for ALL/ the MOUN/tain-BARS:
and, HEA/ven BE/ing ROLLED/ beTWEEN us/ at the END, (most uncertain, F4 amphibrach, F5 anapest? any other ways of scansion?)
we SHOULD/ but VOW/ the FAS/ter FOR/ the STARS.
Other person suggested the last four words "us at the end" in L13 as one foot, the reason is "at" and "the" can be contracted or weakened as "t" and "th". But I'm not so sure since they were not written that way, besides we (I) normally won't say it like that instead I feel more comfortable to say "between us" and "at the end". The question is can other metric foot (consisted of triple syllables) be used beside "anapest" in iamb pentameter?
I also find sometimes, words may not sound with the same degree of stress in scansion as they are marked in the dictionary.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.