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Thread #82010   Message #1503955
Posted By: Rapparee
18-Jun-05 - 08:09 PM
Thread Name: worst rhyme ever
Subject: RE: worst rhyme ever
'Course, Unkle Dave. 'Tain't nothin' but dilect. Only, when folks wanna express it in print they ginnerally tries ta make it look like it sounds. Ya kin see how Mark Twain tried ta do that, an' other folks, like Johnny Skelton an' Billy Shakespeare an' Jimmy W. Riley an' Bobby Burns an' Chuck Dickens an' even that guy who wrote Uncle Remus, Joel Chandler Harris. An' that's jist fer starters. An' yeah, I know damn good an' well that Georgie was criticized 'bout his rhymin' when Don Juan was first published; that still don't make for good rhymes (remember, please, that I only quoted two -- the poem is replete with other examples, which I shall leave as an exercise for the student).

Nor, of course, does the ability to write in dialect preclude the ability of the writer to use "standard" or even "academic" English style, spelling, and grammar. The authors cited above are excellent examples of that as well.