Poetry Thought for the End of 2015: Rhymes What Don’t Work

To Rhyme or not To Rhyme, that is the question.

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I’ve been pondering this question ever since a friend of mine complained, good-humouredly, about a rhyme that only worked if you ‘put on’ a really posh accent. I’m sure the author in question never meant to cause offence, but she would perhaps see things differently if she had to read her poetry to a class of Mancunian school kids who would undoubtedly be mystified as to why she chose to rhyme ‘giraffe’ with ‘scarf’?

The issue of accent and class snobbery is perhaps unavoidable the moment a particular rhyme is chosen. Clearly, rhyming reveals a bias towards a certain accent, and life would be dull if we all spoke the same. But then, rhyme is just one tool in the poet’s kit, and it’s possible to touch the hearts of an audience without writing in rhyming couplets etc.

What do you think? Can you think of any examples of rhymes that haven’t worked?

Thanks for reading. I’ll catch up with you all in the New Year! ❤




About Katie Hamer

I am a writer, an artist, a photographer, philosopher, interior designer, listener, and explorer.
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