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You carry Sodom’s purse; you hold Gomorrah’s hand.
You say your prayers to God and court the idols of the land.
You’re double-minded like old evil Israel
And God destroyed the wicked with a Babylonian hell.
You are for women’s rights, but murder’s always wrong.
Abortion takes a human’s life; the weak killed by the strong.
Your demon lies are legion but your hardened hearts are seared;
No change, you double-down the daily slant you’ve engineered.
Our national debt is such that we can never pay –
Your spending and your promises have ruined us in that way.
You train as slaves the poor in barrio and slum
To lean and laze on government, addicted, always dumb.
Your tips are served with fear, your hands upon their throat.
Then, harlots in their misery, they spread their legs and vote,
While you, the pimp, moan o’er their pain as if you care,
When all you want is scepter, throne, and jeweled crown to wear.
You’re blind from power’s thirst so that you cannot see
That you rule from Titanic’s decks as she sinks rapidly.


© Dennis Lange and thebardonthehill.wordpress.com, 2016.


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                  Near Rhyme

When rhyme is near (let us be clear),
   The distance is not meant.
For, “near” and “clear” are rhymes – not near,
   Though they share common fence. 

The near is “meant” and “fence” though far
   Apart – not in one line.
The reason that they’re near or half
   Is difference we find. 

In both my stanzas, my step-rhymes
   Match in the vowel sound.
But ending consonant is changed
   Like waves can change the sand. 

And now I’ve switched, my lines enriched
   To near rhyme’s other breed.
The consonants are much the same –
   New vowel is now the bride. 

So near rhymes (half rhymes) aren’t exact.
   They’re close to please the hearer.
But I don’t like to write or read them –
I want my rhymes much nearer.


My first two examples (lines 2 and 4 in stanzas 1 and 2) are near rhymes that are assonance.  The vowel sound is repeated but the consonants are not the same.  “Enough” with “love” is another example.  My second two examples (lines 2 and 4 in stanzas 3 and 4) are examples of near rhyme consonance.  The consonants correspond but the vowel sounds are different.  Other examples are “grope” with “cup” and “conquered” with “drunkard”.  Near rhyme is also called half rhyme, slant, or oblique rhyme.  (source: A Handbook To Literature by Harmon and Holman).

Examples in poems of near rhymes:

“I Fear A Silent Man” by Emily Dickinson
2nd and 4th lines in both stanzas

“To A Waterfowl” by William Cullen Bryant
4th stanza – 2nd and 4th lines

“To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell
Lines 7 and 8

“Spring” by Thomas Nashe
3rd stanza – line 2 with 1 and 3

“How Sweet I Roamed From Field To Field” by William Blake
1st stanza – lines 1 and 3

“Where Worth Lies Waiting” by Dennis Lange
Last stanza – lines 2 and 4

I gave one example above from Emily Dickinson but she used near rhyme more than any other poet I’ve read.  Check here on this blog under “Poems Of Other Poets” (C-D) and you’ll find a number of her poems with even more examples.


© Dennis Lange and thebardonthehill.wordpress.com, 2014.


















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