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  1. Asmodeus83

    Asmodeus83 Member

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    Poetry meter and ryme

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Asmodeus83, Jul 29, 2015.

    So pretty much everything i write poetry wise is heavily ryming and doesnt use a consistent meter like an iambic meter etc

    Im quite ignorant of traditional metered poetry but am expanding my knowledge ...mostly my taste for ryme and meter has come from listening to rap music where the rapper acts in a semi percusive role to create interesting overlays of rythm with the ruthm section....there is a name for this but i forget it. Its found a lot of african music where they have lots percussion instruments interweaving rythmes.

    Because im in the dark ;) ...about traditional forms of poetry could i ask a few questions?

    How is ryme viewed in different types of poetry?

    Is the meter considered strong enough without ryme to carry a poem forward rythmically?
     
  2. Lemex

    Lemex That's Lord Lemex to you. Contributor

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    Well, it's practically required for some kinds of poetry, like Sonnets and Quatrains and Heroic Verse. It's absolutely not in Blank verse, Haiku, or Free Verse.

    You don't need to rhyme in poetry though, in fact John Milton famously said just before the first argument of Paradise Lost that rhyming was barbaric.

    Yes, absolutely.
     
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    I think you would find it interesting if you googled 'Iambic Pentameter.'

    da dum da dum da dum da dum da dum
    .
     
  4. Aaron DC

    Aaron DC Contributing Member Contributor

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    Thanks to a thread posted by that scallywag, @BrianIff, I googled scansion.

    Panicked.

    Then thought, "You know what? I think I'll just continue to write poetry the best way I know how. For enjoyment and contemplation and entertainment."

    I just googled meter vs rhythm and had a similar result.

    Panicked.

    Then thought, "You know what? I think I'll just continue to write poetry the best way I know how. For enjoyment and contemplation and entertainment."

    I offer this as a suggestion for you also :D

    That said, I appreciate the opportunity to learn something new, having never really contemplated the concept of meter, let alone understood it. I'd like to see a poem in the form you are suggesting, it sounds interesting.
     
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    Solar Contributing Member Contributor

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    Great post. However, you can make use of rhyme in free verse (internal rhyme is one technique used), it's
    just not mandatory.
     
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    Lemex That's Lord Lemex to you. Contributor

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    Yeah this is right, sorry, this is my mistake.
     
  7. BrianIff

    BrianIff I'm so piano, a bad punctuator. Contributor

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    Hey, what's up, man? Just got my laptop back. Thanks for the credit :)
     
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