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Rhyming in poetry

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Monday, October 8, 2001, 23:15
Quoting Jim Grossmann <steven@...>:

> Aside: It's conceivable that a language community could use > rhymes only in mnemonics, and use non-rhyming patterns in its > more serious poetry, though I know of no real-life precidents for > this.
Classical Greek and Latin poetry were like this (poetry like that in _Carmina Burana_ didn't appear until well into the Middle Ages when Latin was already only a second learned language). In imitation of them, Milton wrote in the introduction to _Paradise Lost_ that he didn't use rhyme because "THE Measure is English Heroic Verse without Rime, as that of Homer in Greek, and Virgil in Latin; Rime being no necessary Adjunct or true Ornament of Poem or good Verse, in longer Works especially, but the Invention of a barbarous Age, to set off wretched matter and lame Meeter [...]" ============================== Thomas Wier <trwier@...> "There once was a man who said, 'God "Dear Sir: Your astonishment's odd; Must think it exceedingly odd *I* am always about in the Quad If he finds that this tree And that's why the tree continues to be will continue to be when there's no one about in the Quad.'" Since observed by, Yours faithfully, God." -- two Berkeleian limericks in Bertrand Russell's _Unpopular Essays_