Rhyme, Chance, and Repetition

Peter McDonald

in Sound Intentions

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199661190
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191749049 | DOI:
Rhyme, Chance, and Repetition

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This chapter discusses the idea of rhyme as repetition. It provides an example from Tennyson's ‘The Lotos Eaters’, and then discussion of the poem's rhymes and repetitions in relation to Wordsworth. Next it looks at Byron and virtuoso rhyme and talks about Robert Browning and the legacy of early nineteenth-century disputes on the nature and stylistic consequences of rhyme and examines poetic ‘Cockneyism’. The chapter then considers late nineteenth-century views of rhyme in Swinburne and Wilde. The ‘theory’ of rhyme, as a form of poetic memory and intention, is given, along with some assumptions behind New Critical and more recent theoretical views of repetition and intention. Next the chapter looks at Wordsworth and the idea of Echo. Finally it discusses rhyme and its aspect of repetition in Tennyson, W. S. Landor, and Edward Thomas.

Keywords: rhyme; repitition; theory; determination; intention

Chapter.  18797 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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