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This page contains poems.

Some of them are simple silliness, such as poems about farting, a musical means of expression in which I have indulged from my earliest days.

Other poems are about poetry, specifically about poetry that strives to adhere to the following basic principles of poetic composition: meter and rhyme. It’s where I get to rant and bloviate about the art of poetry, using poems as the medium.

  • Meter: A poem is a song comprised of language. As such, it ought to adhere to the musical principle of rhythm. This is where choosing and solidly adhering to a rhythm pattern, a meter, comes in.For example, if writing a limerick, use only anapestic feet (2 unstressed syllables followed by one stressed syllable), and only the correct number per line. For nearly anything else, use iambs (one unstressed syllable followed by one stressed syllable). The iamb is the default poetic foot of the English language, and not coincidentally, is the one used by Shakespeare, 5 iambs per line (which makes iambic ‘penta’meter).
  • Rhyme: Use of rhymes has suffered at the hands of “free-verse“. This is simple laziness. The English language is an immense pool of words, and most words have a handful of good rhymes. A great online resource is here: http://www.rhymer.com/RhymingDictionary

That’s it: meter and rhyme for a poetic good time.

Please enjoy, and please feel free to comment!

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