I was thinking about writing a poem tonight
But memories of Douglas Hoftstader’s ideas about paradox kept intruding into my thoughts
Does a poem have to rhyme?
If it does have to rhyme, does it have to rime all the time?
Or can it just be blank verse of no particular structure except meter
Words, words everywhere, and not a one to wink
Rhymes and meter and paradoxes, oh my!
Rhymes and meter and paradoxes.
Except that cannot work. That cannot be poetry. It does not match the meter.
The original is “lions and tigers and bears, oh my! limes and tygers and bares!” Should I have a cuba libra with a dangerously hot bikini model?
Dare we ask if the “tyger, tyger” is still burning bright? Or dare ask about the fearful lack of symmetry in this?
No rhyme. No meter. This cannot be a poem!
That ain’t rhymin’ that’s the way you do it
Money for nothin’ and chicks for free
Or, as the good Dr. Hofstadter is reputed to have said: “This sentence no verb.”