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The fashion today’s

For Free Verse, I’d say

But I find the discipline neater

To write poetry


The soul of the work is The Metre.


I’m not autocratic

Nor even dogmatic

And occasionally I might complete a

Piece without form,

Which isn’t my norm,

But then I return to The Metre.


Sometimes there’s a price

For being precise

You’ll need, now and then, to delete a

Great word that won’t scan,

Like Abraham’s lamb,

A sacrifice made to The Metre.


And relevant rhymes

I agree will, sometimes,

Embellish and make the line sweeter

But the essence for me

Of all poetry’s

The Power and Pace of The Metre.


That Carol Ann Duffy

I find a bit stuffy

(I’d tell her this if I should meet her)

“You write your Free Verse.

 (You’ll soon line your purse!)

But me?

I write in Metre”




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John Coopey

Wed 15th Nov 2017 23:16

Each to his own, indeed, Ray.
But me?
I write in metre.

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Wed 15th Nov 2017 22:57

I'm not being funny John but rhyme is perfect for the kind of humorous poetry you write - what is important is to find the right framework on which to hang ideas - whether free verse of rhyming. Why damn one against the other?
Vive la difference I say and to hell with segregation!


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John Coopey

Wed 15th Nov 2017 15:17

Thanks, guys. I shall soon be having installed a smart meter.

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Wolfgar Miere

Wed 15th Nov 2017 14:46

Hello folks, I admire your stoicism absolutely.

There is much to be said for thoughtful and uncompromised rhyme. It is difficult to do without seeming twee, but when it is done effectively it is my opinion that it hits home harder.

It is not difficult particularly to create free verse, I dabble in both (mediocre in both)

It is easy to make words rhyme, just get a thesaurus and off you go, to create impact and provoke thought is harder.

Many who turn up the nose at rhyme do so because they can't, maybe?

Simple stuff is good, impactful and direct to the blood-line, free verse tends to indulge the writer, whereas rhyme often expedites the purpose of the piece, who knows I am merely a scribbler.

Keep on keeping on.


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M.C. Newberry

Wed 15th Nov 2017 14:18

Dying? If so, it's...
More like the dying of the darkest night.
That heralds the wakening dawning's light.

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John Coopey

Tue 14th Nov 2017 17:18

Thanks, MC. We seem to be a dying breed.

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 14th Nov 2017 16:52

Totally agree. Well said, that man!
Making a point?
Don't like to disjoint
Lines that beg to be neater?
It's hardly a crime
To prefer to rhyme -
And sweeter when tuned to the Metre!

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