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It's Hard to be a Rhymer in a Free-Verse World

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It's Hard to be a Rhymer in a Free-Verse World

The "Rhymers" guild; archaic faction,
We garner all the more detraction
Less, are we, in our attraction
More, we are, the poetic infraction

When free is verse, a form accursed-
Murders Art, fetch forth a hearse
For they coerced the Poems reverse,
And left our lines inverse- perverse!

*Title is a play off "It's Hard to be a Diamond in a Rhinestone World"

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  1. Date: 10/19/2013 5:50:00 PM
    O dearest Diamond Rhymer,/ this Rhinestone world's a fool / To not take you, Oldtimer / into its swimming pool:/ they would see what a chance/ it is / to watch you from a distance/ without paying the duty fees / and learn from you... THE... DANCE.. Have a nice week-end, dear poet friend, we all love your Archaic Poetry! .

    Rabary-Andriamanday Avatar Voahanitriniaina Rabary-Andriamanday
    Date: 10/25/2013 2:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Sorry, it's "in the afternoon"...
    Rabary-Andriamanday Avatar Voahanitriniaina Rabary-Andriamanday
    Date: 10/25/2013 2:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    it will be ready on 10/27/2013; in the aternoo, I guess...
    Rabary-Andriamanday Avatar Voahanitriniaina Rabary-Andriamanday
    Date: 10/25/2013 2:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks a lot; my short name is Hanitra (it means scent or perfume). I'll post a poem entitled "Archaic Poet Questionku". And yours will be the answer to my question. Then, at the end, I'll post the comment above as a parody of versification: it will be the "burlesque" part. Check it out and feel free to add or comment or criticize anything any way you want! Love, Hanitra
    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet
    Date: 10/23/2013 7:04:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi, V. Cool response and review and interesting comments. I don't mind you posting the poem so long as I am cited as the original author :) Joseph is an awesome guy :)
    Rabary-Andriamanday Avatar Voahanitriniaina Rabary-Andriamanday
    Date: 10/19/2013 6:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    (^_^) I hope I'm not too punchy?! (^_^)
    Rabary-Andriamanday Avatar Voahanitriniaina Rabary-Andriamanday
    Date: 10/19/2013 6:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Btw, That Ole River Rhine has got Venerable Archaic Stones rolling in long, long before you were born...bearing Archaic Poetry... so, bow down, sir and ask for forgiveness and mercy for your unacceptable disdain!
    Rabary-Andriamanday Avatar Voahanitriniaina Rabary-Andriamanday
    Date: 10/19/2013 6:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    If you don't mind, I would like to post this poem as a "burlesque" under the title "Just That Archaic Poetry"? Pleaeaeaeaeaeaeaease?
    Rabary-Andriamanday Avatar Voahanitriniaina Rabary-Andriamanday
    Date: 10/19/2013 5:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Great write! Keep on rhyming, friend! It will always be a pleasure to read your work! Blessings, Hanitra... And a big big thank you to Joseph Matose who showed me the way to your poetry through his beautifully written poem dedicated to you: "Rhyme Master"!
  1. Date: 10/17/2013 6:38:00 PM
    It is such a shame that we "rhymers" are becoming extinct. Since rhyme is the foundation that poetry was built on. As more and more poets are opting for free verse these days, authors like Stephen King could be considered poets! However, there are a few "rhymers" out there like myself, who are still keeping the tradition alive! Great work, BP! I loved it! :)

    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet
    Date: 10/18/2013 10:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Much agreed, SP, and thanks love! <3
  1. Date: 10/16/2013 7:34:00 PM
    Bravissimo, Tac. Where's the fun and challenge in blogging then breaking the sentences up to make them even-lined, ignoring rhythm? I'd much rather read cleverly crafted rhythm-and-rhyme poetry and be transported a thousand miles than slog through a blog dubbed "free verse" with "Thesaurus" written all over it. "Verse" my foot. They're simply shortened lines. To each his own, I suppose. Hey, good rhythm-and-rhyme you've got going here. Well done, my friend. Licia :-)

    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet
    Date: 10/17/2013 8:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Couldn't agree with you more, hon, and thanks for the compliments; much appreciated :)
  1. Date: 10/16/2013 8:08:00 AM
    Archaic!!! This is a bomb! Well-written Rhyme and a true reflection of pain associated with writing beautiful Rhyme! I love it....JM

    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet
    Date: 10/16/2013 8:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You never fail to make me smile, JM; thank you, dear friend! :)
  1. Date: 10/15/2013 10:06:00 AM
    Great point! I do enjoy the freedom free verse gives, but a great deal of my work is in Rhyme! ROCK ON!!! Great poem here! :)

    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet
    Date: 10/16/2013 7:55:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Eileen. I have been experimenting more with free-verse and narrative styles, but rhyme will always be the superior form of expression in my book :)
  1. Date: 10/15/2013 9:10:00 AM
    I do not know why some publishing editors look down on rhyme when rhyme can sound so beautiful to the ear and when not every poet has the ability to rhyme.Excellent post.

    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet
    Date: 10/16/2013 7:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Charmaine. I guess they just think it's too "archaic" and we "rhymers" are bringing nothing "new" to the poetic table, as I was once told. Oh, well...lol ;)
  1. Date: 10/14/2013 11:41:00 PM
    I would add, "hard to be a rhymer in the publishing world" since all they clamor for in the snob magazines are free verse. I actually adore both forms, but I think it's a crime that rhyme today is looked down on by the eggheads. Nicely done!

    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet
    Date: 10/15/2013 5:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Right on, Andrea; could not agree with you more. Thanks for the review, hon :)
  1. Date: 10/14/2013 7:53:00 PM
    Cool poem. I myself am a rhymer. You should check out my poems "My Message To You" , "Lady Luck," and "Kryptonite."

    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet
    Date: 10/15/2013 5:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, PJ; I will definitely give your poems a look :)
  1. Date: 10/14/2013 7:30:00 PM
    I think we all have a style that works best for us and being we all don't write alike, it makes poetry so much more beautiful... enjoyed this poem of yours, nicely penned :)

    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet
    Date: 10/15/2013 5:47:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, Sandra. I appreciate all my poems you've reviewed, and thanks for the kind words :)
  1. Date: 10/14/2013 5:50:00 PM
    What a clever poem you have created here, my friend. I am a rhymer, and could not imagine me writing any other way. One seems to get more attention for free verse, than rhyme. I guess it's how it is these days. Enjoyed your read, my friend...Peter

    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet
    Date: 10/15/2013 5:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Quite true indeed, Peter. We are oft overlooked. Thanks for stopping by and for the review and kind words :)