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February 01, 2015


You've slightly misread the line "Why, asks a friend, attempt tetrameter?" The stanza demands a feminine (polysyllabic) rhyme, and Seth (perhaps unadvisably) consistently treats three-syllable dactylic rhymes as feminine, which adds an extra unstressed syllable at the end. If he limited himself to two-syllable rhymes, the line would naturally be nine syllables ("Why, asks a friend, attempt the samba?"). Still, you might be right that Seth is pushing the meter closer to pentameter than it needs to be, just for irony's sake -- I hadn't thought of that.

Good blog, by the way.

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