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Reasoning Rhyme: Prologue


Back in the dim and distant past, as a Linguistics student, I wrote an Honours dissertation on rhyme. It grew out of my reflection on rhyme practice as a reader and nascent writer of poetry and developed into a critque of a PhD thesis on rhyme by a Dutch linguist, Astrid Holtman.

It struck me that this blog would be a good place to revisit some of the material, leaving aside the more linguistic theoretical aspects of the dissertation and focussing on the stylistics. It’s therefore my intention to create a thread of posts exploring this and reflecting further on rhyme. Don’t know how long it’ll take, but I hope it will generate some comment and discussion that will feed into the exploration as it develops. I’ll start soon with a critque of traditional rhyme terminology.

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