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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 2 edition (19 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199652465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199652464
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 2.8 x 16.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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this is a well-researched and comprehensive reference work, but something more besides; there is a remarkable textual richness here which can offer new, original and unexpected insights to the diligent researcher. (Refer)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By claire on 3 Dec. 2014
The New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary is nowhere near as comprehensive as I expected, and the index reads like a list of words that are unusual in English. The last five entries under 'L', for instance, are 'Lysander, Lysenko, Lysippus, Lysol, Lytton', and then 'M' begins with 'Malaga, mesalliance, ma'am, ma, Maas'. I could go on, and this is just a random selection. Such everyday words as 'gently' aren't listed (nor could I find it in the main body, though 'Bentley' is there), nor its alternative 'softly', though for some reason 'softish' and 'softly-softly' are. I'm giving it two stars instead of one because I can't rule out the possibility that I've somehow misunderstood the purpose of this book or the correct way of using it, and also because I'm used to Oxford reference books being top-notch, but it really hasn't been useful to me so far.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Cunliffe TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Sept. 2012
Why would you want a rhyming dictionary? After all, much of today's poetry is free-form or blank verse where rhymes have been discarded in favour of the enigmatic, meaningful lines that stop you in your tracks. Rhymed poetry seems to draw you on relentlessly from one line to the next - great for narrative verse but not necessarily for the reflective, soul-baring poetry of today. After all, an attempt to rhyme leads you away from the stream of thoughts into a more technical quest linked to your command of vocabulary. Trying to find a rhyme can even seem to be a distraction, an straight-jacket confining your thoughts as though in tram-tracks, something which militates against pure art.

But even the most radical poets may wish to prove their ability at more traditional forms of verse. It doesn't take much exposure to poets like William Wordsworth to discover that rhymed verse can be as moving and emotional as any freer form

"And trust that spiritual Creatures round us move,
Griefs to allay which Reason cannot heal;
Yea, veriest reptiles have sufficed to prove
To fettered wretchedness, that no Bastille
Is deep enough to exclude the light of love,
Though man for brother man has ceased to feel".

In fact there are still many poets who still struggle with rhyming verse. Apart from those who love trying to write rhyming poems for the sheer love of it, there are rappers, song-writers, comedians, performance poets and many others who all need to find the perfect rhyme to make their verses flow - anyone who is interested in how their poetry sounds will soon find that rhyme is a technique they need to master.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr P Morriss on 3 Jan. 2013
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As a writer this Rhyming Dictionary is top of the class
A writer's and poet's friend that works so well.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 22 Jan. 2015
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Exactly the type of book my son was wanting.
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