Weak rhymes that fall on verbs
and time-words, these are the strong ones.
Noun and adjective
are backwaters in the clear stream,
incidental to the verb
in the lyric grammar
of Today on the way to Tomorrow,
of Yesterday that is Still.
—Antonio Machado. From My Portfolio, verse VII. 1924. trans. Alan S. Trueblood.
Sir, say no more.
Within me ’t is as if
The green and climbing eyesight of a cat
Crawled near my mind’s poor birds.
—Trumbull Stickney, Sir, Say no More.
In other Motes,
Of other Myths
Your requisition be.
The Prism never held the Hues,
It only heard them play —
— Emily Dickinson, 1664. c. 1884. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Volumes 1-3, ed. R.W. Franklin. (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1998).
On hearing of a powerful love tremble and be moved
like an aesthete. But then, contented,
remember how many your imagination fashioned for you: those
first: and that the others—lesser—that in your life you’ve
experienced and enjoyed, those more real, and tangible.—
You were not deprived of loves like these.
— C.P. Cavafy, Hearing of Love. 1911. trans. Daniel Mendelsohn.