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Sunday Scribblings #112: A Great Reason to Rhyme Refractory

September 1st happens to celebrate another of those unusual days – this time, it is No Rhyme or Reason Day. And that makes it a great reason to not rhyme for this week’s Poetic Sundays! While I know blank verse or free verse do not (necessarily rhyme), I decided to focus on the ‘no rhyme’ part and make up a poetic form that might be perfect for this. A refractory poem. While I am not sure if one already exists (at least my searches didn’t return any), in case any reader is aware of such a form, please do let me know.

Until then, read on to find out more about the refractory rhyme poem; the rules are simple and fun, and …. well, go ahead and read on 🙂

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Notepad and a pen over it with a cup of coffee next to it. words read Sunday Scribblings, and this is for Sunday Scribblings #112: A Great Reason to Not Rhyme

Poetic Sundays: Rhyming in the Refractory Rhyme Poem

Refractory rhymes are words without rhymes, orange being one of the most famous ones. And when I noted the No Rhyme Nor Reason Day coming this week (mentioned last year as well on my post here), I went on the hunt for a poetic form that might work here. The first ones that came to mind as well as in the search results for ‘no rhyme’ were the blank and free verse poems. But then I needed some challenging fun for the day – so came up with the Refractory Rhyme Poem.

So What is the Refractory Rhyme Poem@?

The refractory rhyme poem can go one of two ways. The first one is to pick a few words that are refractory rhymes, and write a poem where you attempt to rhyme those words in one of many ways that I suggest later today. The second one is to simply write a poem with refractory rhymes making up the end words of the lines of your poem.

The Refractory Rhyme Poem Characteristics

So the refractory poem’s elements are that at its most basic, in the

First Option,

it is

  • a poem that relies on refractory rhymes, or words that are ‘un-rhymable,’ or at least, don’t have a perfect rhyme in the English language
  • rhymed: kind of, since it is up to the poet to use their creativity and imagination to rhyme the ‘un-rhymable’
  • up to the poet to choose meter, length of poem, theme, and any other aspects otherwise..

Second Option,

it is

  • a poem that relies on refractory rhymes, or words that are ‘un-rhymable,’ or at least, don’t have a perfect rhyme in the English language
  • unrhymed: simply use refractory rhymes as the end words for each line
  • up to the poet to choose meter, length of poem, theme, and any other aspects otherwise..

My Attempts

First option

Lucy’s Rhyming Refractories
Lucy, that dame from Blorenge
She, of a sudden, wanted an orange..
This desire filled her so with angst
that her love rode swift on a cat manxed
and when he brought her back that orange
Lucy, that dame from orange
danced with glee, or rather waltzed
to music that was, well, overly smaltzed!

~ Vidya @ LadyInReadWrites

Second option

Lucy – A Rhyme of Refractories
Lucy, of a sudden, wanted an orange..
This desire filled her so with angst
and when her love got one for his woman
Lucy, with glee, she waltzed!

~ Vidya @ LadyInReadWrites



On My Blog

Well, recently is a matter of perception here!! One post from a while ago and another that fits into everyone’s idea of recently.

On the Homefront

Start of school years: Part 1

In my last Sunday Scribblings, I wrote about the end of school years, and while I had hoped to write during the summer holidays (for my teens), the days just flew by, and here I am, already writing about the start of school years. My high-schooler (this year, a junior – that is, 11th grade) has completed one week of her school year already.

The Time In-between: aka Summer, aka When We’re Otherwise Occupied

A lot of things happened which will technically need a couple of posts. Travel within and away from the country, and more.. But here is a preview of some of the things we saw and did:

From L to R (Top to bottom): A view from the window, the Varamahalakshmi puja at home in India, the Ganga Aarti (at 5 am in the morning – simply awe-inspiring to watch), the Buddha statue at Sarnath (built a few years ago in commemoration of the destroyed Bamiyan Buddha statues), Hanuman Ghat in Varanasi, the Kashi Vishwanath temple corridor, a view from Triveni Sangam at Prayagraj or Allahabad, Konark Sun temple, Lingaraj temple (Bhubaneshwar), observing Raksha Bandhan, sunset at Puri beach.


On My Blog

Hopefully more posts..

On the Homefront

Start of school years: Part 2

My collegiate will get started on his sophomore (or second) year of college three weeks later!


It is festival season for us. We celebrated one just the week before celebrating the Hindu god, Krishna, and another one is coming this week, which celebrates the one we worship before all, the remover of obstacles, Lord Ganesha. In addition, a birthday in the family (well, in India), and getting back into routines in full speed!


Literary Celebrations (close-to-it also!)

  • Literary birthdays this week include: Oliver Wendell Holmes on the 29th of August; Mary Shelley on the 30th of August; Amrita Pritam on the 31st; Edgar Rice Burroughs, Dushyant Kumar, and Timothy Zahn on the 1st of September; Allen Drury, Tripura, and Eugene Field on September 2nd; Jenny Han, Roshanara Begum, Kiran Desai, and Malcolm Gladwell on the 3rd of September; Joan Aiken, Mary Renault, Kalki Sadasivam, and S. K. Ramachandra on Sept 4th
  • It is Frankenstein Day on August 30th! So go ahead and check out Mary Shelley’s book once again, or get your own copy out from your home library and settle down with it.
  • Pick up a memoir to read on the 31st for it is We Love Memoirs Day
  • It is World Letter Writing Day on the 1st of September as well as National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day
  • Sept 4th is National Newspaper Carrier Day
  • As for the month of September, it is National Literacy Month, Read a New Book Month, and National Library Card Sign-up Month

Foodie Celebrations

Other Celebrations

Multi-day Observations

It is a whole slew of month long observations as well.. Some of them that I want to highlight include National Square Dance Month, National Courtesy Month, Self Improvement Month, National Rice Month, National Sewing Month, and National Piano Month; and last, but not the least, Intergeneration Month.

Refractory and Other Related Reads

Wrapped Up: My Sunday Scribblings

So dear reader, you have reached the end of this Sunday Scribblings! As always, I welcome your thoughts, comments, and suggestions about this post. And do let me know if you plan to celebrate any of these mentioned celebrations this coming week/month?

Linking this to the Sunday Post over at the Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday Salon

11 thoughts on “Sunday Scribblings #112: A Great Reason to Rhyme Refractory

  1. I enjoyed reading your two poems that give an example of refractory rhyming. I think the poems are lovely, and reading them helps to understand the type of poetry you’re describing!

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