A lyric may have any chosen form of rhythm, with or without rhyme. And so thy thoughts, when Thou art gone, Love itself shall slumber on. Today, we look to prose for folk wisdom, actual and fictional narratives, religious teachings, philosophies, scientific writ- ings, and histories.
Quatrains may be rhymed couplet-wise:. The fifst four are dactyls or spondees. Second-rate poets distrust their own vision, which differs in every case from that of every other person in the world; and hence sag into such uncreative repetitions.
Many of the poets today and tomorrow seek to restore poetry to something of its original wide popularity, as a natural and unartif i- cial expression of concentrated emotional speech. This follows the same method of accent versification. The octave consists of two quatrains rhymed 1,2,2, 1, the In Memo- nam rhyming pattern made familiar by Tennyson's use of it.
With a complete technical mastery of the craft of poetry, any poet today can achieve complete greatness in his own sight.