- The chap who does not like rhyming poetry cropped up on the Worlds of
Fantasy egroup a few days ago proclaiming himself to be a genius, and
generally making himself unpopular. I recognise the email address. If he
kicks off here too, probably best to ignore him.
My very wise poetry teacher once explained to me that if a poet is the
slave of the rhyming scheme, the poem will be awful. However, where the
rhyms have a natural flow, they can add poise, grace, a sense of
completion. The presence or absence of rhyme is no measure of a poem,
any more than whether it is metered or in a recognised form.
For 'slave of the rhyming scheme' see at least half of the contemporary
music scene :-)