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Poetry Student
poetry by Benjamin Barrett

 

I do not see the reason for repeats
in present poetry.  I feel confined
by rhyme I do not hear in modern speech.

A few pretentious poetry elites
still champion the form.  I may be blind,
but do not see the reason. “For repeats

exist in current speech,” the Prof would preach,
attempt to strong arm me to search my mind
for rhyme I do not hear.  In modern speech

the repetition isn’t there.  When Keats
and Shakespeare wrote, their verse had rules defined
by Do-Nots.  See, their reason for repeats

was crucial craft, as Gutenberg could reach
too few, the old successful scribes remind
with rhyme.  I do not hear in modern speech,

or poetry, these motives; thus, I stay
resolved.  Though powers that be may be unkind,
I do not see the reason for repeats
or rhyme I do not hear in modern speech.