Practical Poetry Criticism: Rhyme

Perhaps the first thing that people think about when they consider a poem is whether it rhymes. It is generally thought preferable for a poem to rhyme because this suggests the poet has given some thought to word choice and structure and has demonstrated a measure of skill. In modern verse, it is not considered essential and, indeed, some poets try to avoid rhyme because, among various reasons, they feel it is inappropriate for a broken or fractured society in which grand narratives can no longer be supported.


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