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  1. Date: 9/29/2012 9:00:00 PM
    Hullo, Lee. I think that forced rhyme is inferior. When I have a desire for my contemporaries(and myself)to become better, I am referring to breaking away from too much forced rhyme. When it comes to rhyme, I lean more towards the romanticists like, Percy Bysshe Shelley....he rhymed all the time. He wasn't inferior, but far superior. His rhymes are timeless. I also don't tire of Poe's rhymes either. I can become tired of non-rhyming poetry too. For me, it is all in the mood of the present moment.

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  1. Date: 9/29/2012 7:01:00 PM
    I think Chris that you actually do think that rhyme is inferior or you wouldn't say for people to strive to become better. What makes "not rhyming better?" Lee

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  1. Date: 9/29/2012 2:20:00 PM
    Great feedback and extra input from a lot of the comments. Very nice to see! I was a bit tentative about broaching the topic of forced rhyme, because I fully realized how many people could become offended, since forced rhyme is one of the staple 'bread and butter' aspects of a large majority of poems being posted on this site. If people enjoy reading and writing forced rhyme, those people should simply continue to do so. The whole point of blogs such as this one, is for even one person to possibly re-evaluate their writing, and strive to become a better writer. This blog was not meant to be "Rhyme Vs Free Verse", nor is it an attempt at swaying people who enjoy reading and writing forced rhyme. Do as you wish. Poetry can be subjective on all levels. This blog is simply about better writing, and not about philosophy; a moral discussion concerning critique/feedback. Better writing. Better writing. Stronger writing. Better writing. Stronger writing. Better writing....

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  1. Date: 9/28/2012 10:04:00 PM
    You can't recall the free verse that you read when you were young, while the little rhymes and jingles are still poised upon your tongue.

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  1. Date: 9/28/2012 8:29:00 PM
    I have nothing to say, ok,,, maybe a few words. LOL... i'm laughing at some of the words poets are calling forced rhymes... ha... In my opinion, I think dove and love are over used rhymes,,, Not forced at all... They perfectly rhyme. I do not mind reading forced rhymes, WE all have to start somewhere. Any ways~ Your opinion and thoughts are all welcomed in this soup box... PD,,,

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  1. Date: 9/28/2012 2:05:00 PM
    I call most of mine free verse due to a mix of types of rhymes. My story poem is more important to me than the perfect wording. I must drive people crazy. Still the rhyming adds to the silliness in my light poetry. I'll definately consider things more after reading your blogg. It was very interesting in all those points made. Keep them coming. I'll keep reading. You made it easy to understand. Thank you.

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  1. Date: 9/28/2012 1:00:00 PM
    My pet peeve is sight rhyme. I guwss because I hear words as much as see them. Sometimes it seems as though there was no words to rhyme so they picked one that looks the same. Like 'love' and 'cove'.

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  1. Date: 9/28/2012 12:16:00 PM
    I prefer free verse, but as a learning curve, subscribe to the rules of rhyming for certain poetry forms. Early on I wrote the poem, Albatross, and a US Editor wrote to me and said that it would be a brilliant poem, was it not for the forced rhyming. Looking back on it now, I understand exactly what had grated (but left it as it is on this site as a reminder "not to do it again"). Poetry is such a personal language that it is impossible to judge what is "good language" or "bad language". I speak more than one of our 11 official languages and I have found what sounds pleasing in one language, actually grates on the ear in another (certain things just do not translate well). Good blog Chris.

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  1. Date: 9/28/2012 12:13:00 PM
    I've noticed that some Soupers are so "desperate" to keep ("hear") the previous line (to keep going with the rhyming pattern) that they dont perceive clearly ("see") an awkward meaning, or a downright hilarious turn... BUT...we're here to learn and share. I dont like rhyme...although I know that rhyming poetry "can be" amazing. Anyways, my opinion doesnt matter: Im one of those who are just starting the poetic journey...I've been starting it for 4 years now! LOL!

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  1. Date: 9/28/2012 12:02:00 PM
    I didn't know this had a category name? Thanks Chris I like learning new things, I would have just chalked it up to bad writing? Light & Love

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  1. Date: 9/28/2012 10:04:00 AM
    I agree with alot that ou have said here. If a read a poem that has the word "Life" and teh next line has "Strife to rhyme with it I gone on to the next poem. After reading so many poems over the years, I find red flag words that let me know there wasn't much thought put into the poem.

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  1. Date: 9/28/2012 8:48:00 AM
    I love rhyme, just show how un-intellectual I am, I guess. Rhyming just seems to come natural to me and that's why I use it. Never claimed to be an English major, just along for the ride strictly for enjoyment. Good blog my friend. Lee

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  1. Date: 9/28/2012 8:13:00 AM
    I adore natural rhyme in all it's configurations......and mostly skip torturous examples (mine!) what I love best are limericks (frowned upon in poetic academia, but not in the afterlife) that actually crisply flow with perfect prosodic metre when read aloud (best with actually an audience!) cool is when you notice....super-cool is when you look back & see it! yimbo

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  1. Date: 9/28/2012 7:57:00 AM
    I have a love-hate relationship with rhyme in general. This is a good blog, my Love :)...nothing worse than forced rhyme in my books...rhyme can however add wonderful flow and various other effects can be achieved when used creatively.

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  1. Date: 9/28/2012 5:05:00 AM
    I don't like forced rhyme either, and this blog clarified for me what the different types of forced rhyme are - so I can make sure I don't do it! I'm a free verser at heart, rhyme doesn't come very easily to me although, curiously, I have noticed that rhyme within a line seems to come naturally to me and even some end rhymes are now finding their way into my free verse! helpful blog, anyway :-)

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  1. Date: 9/28/2012 1:31:00 AM
    Guilty on you inversion forced rhyme , the change of syntax I have done that a few times but I don' think it is at the expense of the poem in fact where I come from it is quite common to ask "Is it not" and things like that. xx

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  1. Date: 9/28/2012 12:38:00 AM
    Guilty!! I can;t help it - there is a gun held to my head forcing me to force the rhyme. It is actually an illness I think I suffer from - mostly guilty of number 3 - forcing a rhyme through inversion - actually a perversion - but I think there might be a cure - once I get all of them of me. But hey, I guy can have fun, right? Right or wrong? Tonight, I imbibed a bit too much - tomorrow, reality and I will once again be in touch - see, an illness!!!

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  1. Date: 9/27/2012 10:23:00 PM
    MY hand went way up! Yuppers. The only thing worse is when they add some kinda redundant tag to their line to force the rhyme so suddenly out of nowhere a ", YOU SEE" comes at you like a pie to the face. I am not proud at my reaction to this kinda poetry. Hey, to each their own. But it literally turns on my puke-a-meter. Now, on the other hand, I love rhyme, and I'm just now exploring the many different kinds of rhyme. If I see one more love and dove on this site, I may vomit. I am now going to be snubbed, I suppose. Interesting blog, Chris. Good subject. Wonder who will get it. Liked the way you "grinned and BARED it"

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