Prompted by a bout of bad poetry
recently, I propose a new definition
, n. Correspondence of similar sounds at the end of two words or verses which have the same number of syllables.
seem to get the idea that poems
are supposed to rhyme but forget everything else they know about the subject. Perhaps if we change the definition of rhyme they will also get an idea about meter
, or better yet, drop the matter entirely.
Standing at the site
I held my sister’s hand
And To the right
The cross was being put in the land
Complete disregard of meter, rhyme scheme
, and anything else - but hey, it rhymes! And this is one of the better examples. Now, I love free verse
, but this terrible mash-up
of the two must be stopped.