Rhyme and Freedom

Susan Stewart

in The Sound of Poetry / The Poetry of Sound

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780226657424
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226657448 | DOI:
Rhyme and Freedom

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A poem would remain only a sketch of work if it remains predominantly in the form of writing and will never come alive to voice and to sounds as voiced. Artistic freedom reaches its apogee when intention approaches the rich cognitive moment on the brink of realized structure. Aldington indicates that the “individuality” of the poet has some basis in a “natural flow” that nevertheless also has a “precision.” Despite an apparently universal tendency for rhyming to be part of the process of language learning, most of the world's languages do not use poetic rhyme. Given the power of rhyme schemes of all kinds to lend particular semantic and visual weight to the place of unrhymed words, we might see the development of free verse as an unrhymed pause in the greater scheme of rhyme's poetic history.

Keywords: poem; writing; artistic freedom; individuality; natural flow; precision

Chapter.  7909 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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