Poetry/uneven lines in rhyming poetry
Hello, Linda. My question is a little offbeat and one which I have tried to find answers too with little success. I am wondering if you know of any poets who wrote in rhyme using an uneven amount of lines in some versus of a poem. Perhaps most verses with four lines and sprinkled within, some versus with one or two more lines. Most people I speak to have said that all the versus of a rhyming poem must have an even number of lines to make it flow. I am wondering if this is actually true and who might be a famous writer who actually bucked this thinking. I would be grateful if you could point me to one such famous poet. Thank you for your time.
Perhaps the following poems demonstrate the quality you are searching for:
Seamus Heaney’s “Blackberry-Picking” http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/181384
Amy Lowell’s “Patterns" http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/171725
Samuel Taylor Coleridges’s “Kubla Khan” http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173247
Hope this helps.