For rhyme the rudder is of verses, With which like
ships they steer their courses. Samuel Butler Hudibras, pt.1, canto1, l.457^8.
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. Dinah Maria ne e Mulock Craik Collected Poems,'Leonora'.
Rhyme is the rock on which thou art to wreck. John Dryden Absalom and Achitophel, pt.2, l.486.
the poet like an acrobat climbs on rime to a high wire of
his own making. Lawrence Ferlinghetti 'A Coney Island of the Mind', section15.
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 Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes and Other
Poems,'Ode to a Nightingale',
Those blessed structures, plot and rhyme whyare they no help
to me now I want to make something imagined,
not recalled? RobertTraill Spence,Jr Lowell Day by Day,'Epilogue'.
Things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme. John Milton Paradise Lost (published1667), bk.1, l.15.
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).
But those who cannot write, and those who can, All rhyme, and
scrawl, and scribble, to a man. Alexander Pope Imitations of Horace, bk.2, epistle1, l.187^8.
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'.
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
But here I am in Kent and Christendom, Among the Muses,
where I read and rhyme. SirThomas (the Elder) Wyatt 'Mine Own John Poins'.