Publish-Time by Don Matthews

A standing metal statue of Shakespeare with his hand near his chin and a leaf placed between his thumb and finger
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Publishers today don’t seem to

Like the written rhyme

They say it’s out of fashion to go

Rhyming all the time

I think of William Shakespeare, Yeats

Their work was full of rhyme

And if they were alive today

They would lack publish-time

Today there’s little teaching how

To grow the art of rhyme

Into an art form fashion that’s

Deserving publish-time


Don is an Australian writer who focuses on humour.  He runs the ‘Flippant, Comic, and Serious’ website.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Don’s writing never minces any words. It’s true that poetry styles have moved on and evolved from simple rhyme. And somehow the charm and respect accorded to rhyming has lost its glimmer. Could it be that rhyme is now perceived as a novice technique? I’m not a poet but I am aware of what’s going on around me. I’d say if you wish to rhyme, then now is the best and only time. Just do it!
    Congratulations Don!

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    1. Yes Terveen. Just do it…….

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  2. Amazing! Beautifully written and said. I think rhyme is still an important style in poetry inasmuch as poetry has evolved.

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    1. Thanks Lamittan. I say there’s still room for Jack and Jill…….

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  3. Yeas, wonderful, my friend!!

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  4. Jeffrey X says:

    I cannot rhyme, but I use assonance and alliteration from time to time.

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  5. jonicaggiano says:

    Here, here, I agree with Terveen. I still rhyme in my poetry, and can also do non rhyming work. I like to end my last two lines no matter how long the stanza is with rhyming words. If it feels forced then it doesn’t feel right, but look at the greats, they rhymed much of their works. Congratulations Don, great piece. I always enjoy reading your work. Big hugs, Joni

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    1. Thanks Joni. yes, it’s got to feel natural…..


  6. I totally agree with you but then again.. I’m old Don.. lol. I love when the words line up so naturally in a rhyme. Congratulations. Nice work! 💖

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