Review: New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary

New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary Why would you want a rhyming dictionary?  After all, much of today’s poetry is free-form or blank verse where rhymes have been discarded in favour of the enigmatic, meaningful lines that stop you in your tracks.  Rhymed poetry seems to draw you on relentlessly from one line to the next – great for narrative verse but not necessarily for the reflective, soul-baring poetry of today.  After all, an attempt to rhyme leads you away from the stream of thoughts into a more technical quest linked to your command of vocabulary.  Trying to find a rhyme can even seem to be a distraction, an straight-jacket confining your thoughts as though in tram-tracks, something which militates against pure art.

But even the most radical poets may wish to prove their ability at more traditional forms of verse.  It doesn’t take much exposure to poets like William Wordsworth to discover that rhymed verse can be as moving and emotional as any freer form

“And trust that spiritual Creatures round us move,
Griefs to allay which Reason cannot heal;
Yea, veriest reptiles have sufficed to prove
To fettered wretchedness, that no Bastille
Is deep enough to exclude the light of love,
Though man for brother man has ceased to feel”.

In fact there are still many poets who still struggle with rhyming verse.  Apart from those who love trying to write rhyming poems for the sheer love of it, there are rappers, song-writers, comedians, performance poets and many others who all need to find the perfect rhyme to make their verses flow – anyone who is interested in how their poetry  sounds will soon find that rhyme is a technique they need to master.

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