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Reasons not to rhyme

Our lesson on poetry included (what I thought was) a simple assignment in writing verse: four lines, at least two of which rhyme.  Not so simple, it turns out.  Here were some choice gripes from my normally motivated students, as they sat struggling:

“I could write three lines, but there’s just no way I can write four lines of poetry!”

“I am really good at writing Haiku, just not other kinds of poetry.”

And my favorite (from a student who was upset that I didn’t allow the word “lightal” which was to rhyme with “vital.”): “Miss C., if I’m not allowed to make up words, I can’t write poetry.”

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