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What the history of rhyming dictionaries reveals about literary snobbery

For centuries, these guides have been met with distaste. But their roots are wholeheartedly democratic—and fun

By Harry Harris  

In Tobias Wolff’s 2003 novel Old School, a group of arrogant literature students criticise Robert Frost, who is visiting their school to talk about poetry. One sums up his issues with Frost by saying: “I mean, he’s still using rhyme… Rhyme is bullshit. Rhyme says that everything works out in the end.…

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