Mark Bratlie


To Rhyme or not To Rhyme


Things change with the times-
we know that to be true
Still, there is plenty of room
for both the old and the new

Most poetry in bygone days
was built of meter and rhyme
While today in the minds of some
rhyme is almost seen as a crime

Singsongyness is child's play
and rhyme belongs in a child's verse
Free verse is modern and mature
and predictability has become a curse

Meaning is more than ambiguous
as it borders on the obscure
Today's poems need opaqueness
if they are to be labeled “mature”

To always demand rhyme and rhythm
would be confining for modern verse
But to completely outlaw these qualities
would also be an unfortunate curse

Free verse, rhyme and rhythm
can coexist in these modern times
Poetry embraces rich diversity
whether or not it makes use of rhyme

Submitted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Edited: Friday, September 20, 2013

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Rhythm + rhyme + free verse = Rich Diversity

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  • Paul Brookes (4/30/2013 9:26:00 AM)

    I know I agree it's not a sin
    To put a little rhyming in
    For those of us who find drear
    We write blank verse cause it's freer

    You can only tackle real verse
    If to rhyme and metre you're not averse
    So give those who rhyme a little slack
    Stop giving them so much flack.

    Great poem and I get your point. Some people think they can write poetry with out first understanding the basics. I write both it depend on if it fits what I want to say. Thanks for sharing BB : O) (Report) Reply

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