But those who cannot write, and those who can, All rhyme, and scrawl, and scribble, to a man.Alexander Pope: 1737 Imitations of Horace, bk.2, epistle1, l.187-8.
Leonora, Leonora, How the word rollsLeonora Lion-like, in full-mouthed sound, Marching o'er the metric ground With a tawny tread sublime; So your name moves, Leonora, Down my desert rhyme.1881Collected Poems,'Leonora'.
I will sing no more songs: the pride of my country I sang Through forty long years of good rhyme, without any avail; And no one cared even as much as the half of a hang For the song or the singer, so here is an end of the tale.Da i bh| dh OÅ Bruadair: Adapted from the Irish by James Stephens. Irish playwright. His early plays, including Juno and the Paycock (1924), deal with Dublin working-class life and were written for the Abbey Theatre. His later, more experimental, plays include Cockadoodle Dandy (1949).
The more rhymethere isin poetry the more dangerof its tricking the writer into something other than the urge in the beginning.Carl Sandburg: Quoted inTheComplete Poems of Carl Sandburg (1986),'Notes for a Preface'.
Darkling I listen; and, for many a time I have been half in love with easeful Death, Called him soft names in many a muse' d rhyme, To take into the air my quiet breath; Now more than ever seems it rich to die, To cease upon the midnight with no pain, While thou art pouring forth thy soul abroad In such an ecstasy!john keats: 1820 Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes and Other Poems,'Ode to a Nightingale', stanza 6.
Those blessed structures, plot and rhyme whyare they no help to me now I want to make something imagined, not recalled?Lowell, RobertTraill Spence,Jr: 1977 Day by Day,'Epilogue'.
the poet like an acrobat climbs on rime to a high wire of his own making.Lawrence Ferlinghetti: 1958 'A Coney Island of the Mind', section15.
I was promised on a time, To have reason for my rhyme; From that time unto this season, I received nor rhyme nor reason.Edmund Spenser: 'Lines on his Pension.'Attributed.
Rhyme is the rock on which thou art to wreck.john dryden: 1681Absalom and Achitophel, pt.2, l.486.
For rhyme the rudder is of verses, With which like ships they steer their courses.1663 Hudibras, pt.1, canto1, l.457-8.
Things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme.john milton: 1665 Paradise Lost (published1667), bk.1, l.15.
But here I am in Kent and Christendom, Among the Muses, where I read and rhyme.SirThomas (the Elder) Wyatt: 1536 'Mine Own John Poins'.
I will venture to assert, that a just translation of any ancient poet in rhyme is impossible. No human ingenuity can be equal to the task of closing every couplet with sounds homotonous, expressing at the same time the full sense, and only the full sense of his original.william cowper: The Iliad of Homer: translated into English blank verse (1791), "Preface".
By denying people's sense of visual beauty in painting and sculpture , melody in music , meter and rhyme in poetry , plot and narrative and character in fiction , the elite arts wrote off the vast majority of their audience . They purposely excluded people who approach art in part for pleasure and edification in favour of social one-upmanship and an ever-narrowing, in-crowd elite.Steven Pinker, in Your Cake Before It’s Made Philosophical Reflections on Steven Pinker’s Biological View Of Human Nature
For nature beats in perfect tune,And rounds with rhyme her every rune,Whether she work in land or sea,Or hide underground her alchemy.Thou canst not wave thy staff in air,Or dip thy paddle in the lake,But it carves the bow of beauty there,And the ripples in rhymes the oar forsake.ralph waldo emerson: Woonotes II, st. 7
Among those today who believe that modern poetry must do without rhyme or metre, there is an assumption that the alternative to free verse is a crash course in villanelles, sestinas and other such fixed forms. But most...are rare in English poetry. Few poets have written a villanelle worth reading, or indeed regret not having done so.james fenton: Ch. 3: The Training of the Poet (p. 21)
Prologues like compliments are loss of time;’T is penning bows and making legs in rhyme.David Garrick: Prologue to Crisp’s Tragedy of Virginia.
Helpmeat too, contrasta toga, his fiery goosemother, laotsey taotsey, woman who did, he tell princes of the age about. You sound on me, judges! Suppose we brisken up. Kings! Meet the Mem, Avenlith, all viviparous out of couple of lizards. She just as fenny as he is fulgar. How laat soever her latest still her sawlogs come up all standing. Psing a psalm of psexpeans, apocryphul of rhyme! His cheekmole of allaph foriverever her allinall and his Quran never teach it her the be the owner of thyself.James Joyce, in Finnegans Wake (1939)
Jesus, if I know one thing about the industry, it's that it's a moment. A flash in the pan. That's what's lovely about it. But it's hard, because one moment you're the hot thing, and the next moment — you're not. And there's no rhyme or reason for it.keira knightley: Interview in Allure magazine (October 2007)
Hear the sledges with the bells, Silver bells! What a world of merriment their melody foretells! How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle, In the icy air of night, While the stars that oversprinkle All the Heavens seem to twinkle With a crystalline delight: Keeping time, time, time, In a sort of Runic rhyme To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells From the bells, bells, bells, bells, Bells, bells, bells From the jingling and the tingling of the bells.Edgar Allen Poe, The Bells, Stanza 1.
"Nose"? That don't rhyme with "walls"!Who: Smart Ass the Weasel
The autumn days grow short and cold; / It's Christmas time again. / Then snows of winter slowly melt. / The day grows short, / And then... / He turns the seasons around, / And so she changes... her gown: / Mother Earth... and Father Time. / [words are slowly being reduced to a whisper] How very special are we... / For just a moment... to be... / Part of life's... eternal... rhyme.Who: Charlotte A. Cavatica
One discards rhyme, not because one is incapable of rhyming neat, fleet, sweet, meet, treat, eat, feet but because there are certain emotions or energies which are nor represented by the over-familiar devices or patterns.ezra pound: "Affirmations: As for Imagism", The New Age, January 1915
Frank: There, you see, an example of assonance.Rita: Oh, it means getting' the rhyme wrong.willy russell: Page 6