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The Rhyme Game

Hamilton, Essential Literary Terms (198-225) -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"Often, poets vary perfect with imperfect rhyme, as in the following poem, 'Adam's Curse,' by William Butler Yeats."

This was a very interesting way to make rhyming really mean something. It's really interesting the way you can analyze this poem by pointing to the times when the rhymes are imperfect and therefore mirror the imperfect nature of the speaker's situation. I just love how especially in poetry language can just completely represent what emotion is going on without coming out and saying "I'm sad because my love for you is unrequited." I think it's just so cool how effective a tool language can be.

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