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Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry, a column by Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry: Column 12

Forget the Pulitzers. Forget the MacArthur “Genius” grant, The New Yorker, and all the other laurels too. In this column, Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas discusses the oral tradition of poetry and how the greatest honor for a poet—and for a poem—is to be known by heart, memorized and recited.
Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry, a column by Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry: Column 7

"Why, someone will ask, doesn’t poetry rhyme anymore? ... I say that it still does, or that it never did. I say: some poetry rhymed, and some still does. Or I try to change the subject." In this month's column, Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas uses the wise words of Shakespeare, John Milton, and Jay-Z to explain why rhymes make the world go round.

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