the enchanted forest is really a forest

Rhyme and meter are natural features of language. But of course in natural speech the rhymes are mostly imperfect, and they occur at irregular intervals. And in natural speech the meter keeps varying too, like the grain of wood or the texture of a forest. That’s the kind of rhyme and meter that appeals to me most. The enchanted forest is really a forest; it isn’t an orchard.

- Robert Bringhurst, in conversation with Evan Jones over at The Manchester Review. You can read the whole thing here.

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