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Rhyme? And Reason?
09-01-2014, 08:58 AM,
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Rhyme? And Reason?
This line of inquiry is very valuable, IMHO. One of the very first exercises I tackled in exploring the poem was to re-write it, using more natural syntax but trying to retain what felt like critical meanings:



I alone have journeyed there

With all my treasures bold.

I hid my secret trove somewhere:

A chest with gleaming gold.



Start your hunt at waters’ warm end;

Follow the canyon down.

It's far to walk around each bend,

So rest below the home of Brown.



Be brave as you go on to seek

The end that draws so near.

There is no paddle up this creek,

But hard work in currents clear.



If you’re wise, you’ll find that blaze.

Look down and quest will cease.

But dawdle not in beauty’s maze,

Just take the gold and go in peace.



Why is it then that I must go

And leave my chest to seek?

It’s because I already know

Life’s chase but now I’m weak.



So hear me all and listen good:

If you’ve braved wet and cold,

You too have felt that thrill

And won that chase for gold.



I recommend this exercise to anyone trying to deepen their understanding of the rhymed couplets.
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