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To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme (Was that the question?)


I don’t have anything against free verse.  I get that fewer constraints allow for greater expression.  But to me, one of the appeals of writing metered, rhyming verse is the challenge of overcoming those very constraints.  It’s like a puzzle in search of a solution. To advance the idea, you have to solve the meter and the rhyme and do so in way that doesn’t cause the reader to wince too badly.  If the solution is elegant, then the results are very satisfying.  If it’s inelegant, well, then it’s doggerel.

 

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