In common usage, the term saga has been erroneously applied to any exciting, long narrative.
Generally, the tone is sympathetic and good humored, somewhat tolerant of imperfection and folly even while expressing amusement at it.
Scatology also appears in medieval plays such as Mankind and in works associated various French fabliaux (singular fabliau).
Chaucer relies heavily on scatological humor in "The Summoner's Tale." See fabliau.: This popular grammatical construction appears in ancient Attic Greek (and it is later mimicked in New Testament Greek).
The name comes from the Roman poet Juvenal (60-140 CE), who frequently employed the device, but the label is applied to British writers such as Swift and Pope as well. SCANSION: The act of "scanning" a poem to determine its meter.
To perform scansion, the student breaks down each line into individual metrical feet and determines which syllables have heavy stress and which have lighter stress.
According to the early conventions of English poetry, each foot should have at least one stressed syllable, though feet with all unstressed syllables are found occasionally in Greek and other poetic traditions.