Today I Was Accused

    Today I Was Accused…👎

Today I as accused

Of using

Too much rhyme;

Of bruising

Keats and Shelley…

Is it that my rhymes are smelly?

Forced and pressed

By some unconscious vanity?


It is straightforwardly

The way I think,

The rhyme in sync

With evolution and enlargement

Of unformed idea.

Is rhyme the incubus

Of intercourse

With lover genius –

Nover’s genie.


I took no offence.

I have no other license 

Than to search my mind,

Which is like using wind

To cook a meal.

All that I want’s the real!


If rhyme’s my not-so-secret weapon,

One I lean on,

So be it.

There’’ll be no rhyme cremation

In this form-created.

Today I Was Accused…11.15.2018 The Processes: Creative, Thinking, Meditative II; Arlene Nover Corwin

Function of rhyming words

Rhyme partly seems to be enjoyed simply as a repeating pattern that is pleasant to hear. It also serves as a powerful mnemonic device, facilitating memorization. The regular use of tail rhyme helps to mark off the ends of lines, thus clarifying the metrical structure for the listener. As with other poetic techniques, poets use it to suit their own purposes; for example William Shakespeare often used a rhyming couplet to mark off the end of a scene in a play.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. marandarussell
    Nov 15, 2018 @ 18:39:54

    If you like rhyme, use it! That is my opinion. I don’t understand why some people look down so much on rhyming poetry. It isn’t something I personally use a lot, but each person has their own style.



    • arlenecorwin
      Nov 15, 2018 @ 21:38:08

      Clever, lovely girl, thank you so much for the reflective respond,. You know, there’s cheap rhyme and clever rhyme. I try to keep mine in the ‘clever’ department. I think that the tendency rhyme and meter is probably more an aptitude than anything else. Rhyme and meter help me to think expansively and creatively. How do you think? Have you ever noticed? Thank you again Arlene


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