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DaithiDublin

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I'm banjaxed by rhyme. By rhyme and alliteration. It's not to everyone's taste but it pleases me and that's all the excuse I've ever needed. I like the constraint of rhyme, the way it compels you to think very carefully about the words you use in order to express yourself. A rhyme should sound obvious after the fact, but it should never sound forced or squeezed to fit.

I haven't done better than Re-imagined Paradise. I set out with that one to get as many religious tropes into one place as I could, and to pick holes in them. I'm really glad that it has been received so well, and I was amazed that it recently passed 20k views but had earned less than 10 dislikes.

Free verse has always felt like a foreign tongue to me. I love to hear it done well, but it depends so much on performance that I'm not sure how well I can adapt to it. It is a very different process to write a free verse and one I find incredibly challenging. The deliberation of wording can be excruciating! It has to be so measured to fit your own natural speaking rhythms, so intonation and cadence become primary. Also, without the constraint of rhyme you face the added constraint of freedom. No longer restricted to words of a certain sound, you are faced with an impossible range of possibilities.

So I'm finding it tough but exciting to be dipping my toe in those waters.
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