We so enjoyed listening to @flipstork talking about a lifetime of meter and rhyme, and sharing some tips for approaching it and honing this craft.
- write down lines that pop into your head for a week or so, then sit down and count the syllables and see if you have a particular count and rhythm.
- then work out a form which plays to your inherent rhyme
- the more syllables you have between rhyme, the easier; so work with forms with longer syllable lines.
- Find meter and rhyme poets (Robert Frost, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson for example) who speak to you and duplicate the rhyme scheme.
- Even go so far as to create your own version of one of their works, like Bill’s version of Wordsworth’s Daffodils.
- Keep expanding your vocabulary and use tools to stop you falling into a rhyme rut and using the same words all the time – it’s ok to use a thesaurus and rhyme zone!
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