Introduction: Doesn’t it seem strange that though shivering can warm us in the cold, the reflex usually occurs after we’ve already come in to a warm, safe room — when we no longer need it?
Presently I am inspired to explore metre as I read a wonderful book by the fascinating Paul Fussell (1924-2012) called “Poetic Meter and Poetic Form“. Fussel first published this book in 1965 but then, after using it for 12 years to teach his classes at the University, he revised it with new insights — which makes it more valuable. I never thought I’d read a book like this but I love what I am learning about language and poetry.
Below I take a stab at scanning my poem to understand its meter. But you can see that I am still confused. How should I label the metre of this poem. Is either of these accurate, or are both possible? Or have I misunderstood the stress in my own poem? Insights (albeit late, like a shiver) from knowledgable readers would be deeply appreciated. Do you ever formerly scan your poems?