On BBC 4 tv last night, there was a fascinating conversation between Simon Armitage and Tony Harrison, who gave the best justification for writing modern metrical rhyming poetry that I have heard. It’s true that the most natural rhythm is iambic pentameter, though Tony (who is my contemporary) suggested that as we age, trochees take over. As my heart is almost permanently in arrhythmia, I found that fascinating.
He also has a pungent take on freedom-freezing politics and current events.
If you can watch this on catch up, I’m sure you’ll find it rewarding.