First reader-submitted poem! Dillsburg’s Bertram Barnett defends rhyme and meter

Tickled pink to receive my first poem from a YDR reader this week!

Bertram Barnett of Dillsburg had this to say about his poetic preferences: “Some of us are still fans of the older, antique rhyming stuff – and while we acknowledge the occasional power of other forms, are not ready to abandon ‘the good stuff’ just quite yet.”

As a fan of metrical poetry and traditional forms myself, and as someone who loves a good “in defense of” poem, I happily present to you some “good stuff” on a sunny Thursday in York County!

Wherever went the meter, verse and rhyme?
The power in spacing syllables, precisely in the line?
Building to a vortex, with terms detailed to spell
Exact degrees of certaintitude, as one a tale does tell.

The proper employment of all words; that choice
Is difficult; and now one writers will rarely select -
Yet a poet takes due time, making sure their voices
Rhyme; So his work is recall’d, long after he’s wreck’d.

Down with any adages about what poems should or shouldn’t do! To rhyme or not to rhyme; what’s your preference?

About Stacia M. Fleegal

York Daily Record multiplatform journalist. Degrees in creative writing from Lycoming College and Spalding University, and a coupla books with my name on them. Central PA native who came home after floating around for a while, but always grounded by words and the places and people I remember.
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