poetry, verse

Why do poets rhyme all the time? (they don’t)

Why write in rhyme when free verse is firmly established as a format? Why cage your emotions and thoughts artificially? Why do I find myself attracted to the rumpty-tumpty rhythms of traditional poetry, the iambic pentameter and others that they teach you at school? For me, the choice of traditional formats is an extension of… Continue reading Why do poets rhyme all the time? (they don’t)

poetry, verse

The attraction of the Villanelle

Poets are perverse. In the mid-19th century William Ernest Henley wrote what he intended to be a self-descriptive poem about a strict verse form called the Villanelle. How strict is the Vilanelle? Let's just say the Villanelle is as artificial as a FabergĂ© egg. It repeats, not merely two rhymes, but two whole lines throughout… Continue reading The attraction of the Villanelle