Monday, March 16, 2009

Creative Writing Topic: Poetry and Rhyming

10-second review: Before rejecting rhyming in writing your poems, try using slant rhymes. They give you many more possibilities.

Title: “The Reason Behind the Rhyme.” Marilyn Taylor. The Writer (February 2009), pp. 15-16. The Writer is a magazine by writers for writers.

Summary/Quote: “The basic question: Does the addition of line-end rhyme add something attractive and desirable to a poem, assuming that it’s done well? Can it provide a layer of inventiveness and artistry in an otherwise pretty ordinary block of language? Or should rhyme generally be avoided…because it’s too restrictive, too obvious and tends to prevent poets from expressing what they really want to say?”

Summary/Quote: “The hidden escape hatch in this apparent brick wall lies in the use of slant rhymes…rhymes that have in common some, but not all, of their final sounds. Some examples: green/rain; hill/fail; wait/flight, etc.

Summary/Quote: “…the practice has a long, rich history. Emily Dickinson herself was an early practitioner and used it a great deal….”

Comment: Sounds like fun to try. RayS.

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