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Noun phrase plural. Early 18th century.
[French = rhymed endings.]
Rhyming words upon which verses are (to be) composed.
Bouts rimés is the game of hardcore poets. We're not talking namby-pamby, wandering lonely as a whatever type poets - we're talking the real OG. These are the sort of ghetto rhymesters that can clean kill a man in the morning with a flurry of the pen, woo a lady by lunch with a sensual sonnet, and still be home in time to write a bawdy tit-and-bum limerick for his homies by supper (and all this with a few couplets to spare). In short, if you're gonna step up to try your hand at bouts rimés, you'd better be armed with the rawest rhymes and sickest stanzas.
The rules are simple: the poet is given a set of rhyming words from which he must compose a poem (if you don't dig rhyming poetry, this really isn't your scene). The words given must be used at the end of each line, and they must be used in that order. Finally, the poem must make at least a modicum of sense - there's to be no Edward Lear type tomfoolery here. To demonstrate, earlier my wife gave me a set of words which were: play, fat, day, bat, distress, multiply, press, fly. So here we go:
Little Bobby didn't like rough play
(the other kids all said he was fat)
Until he lost his cool one day
And turned up to school with a bat
It caused such horror and distress
The fear did multiply
"I don't understand," he said to the press
"My pet bat wouldn't hurt a fly."
Yes. Umm. So I said it only has to be make a semblance of sense, right? I'm sure I said that. Look - it was my first time and I wanted it to be authentic. OK - I admit it. I'm not a hardcore poet. I've tried to move in their circles, but ... nah ... I had to get out while I could. Anyway, if you'd like to have a go, I'll drop some words. The first person writes a poem, and then can leave a new set of words for anyone else who wants to have a crack at it. So:
keyboard, snoring, floored, boring, under, wilted, thunder, quilted
Don't forget to leave a new set for the next person (and it doesn't have to follow that rhyme pattern).
Of course, if you'd just like to leave a comment, you can do that too, ya big spoilsport.