This poem won a prize in a poetry competition. It's not a rhyming poem, but there is a lot of alliteration (words that start with the same letter like "broke her back" and "scour her skeleton" and the whole of the last verse) and assonance (similar vowel sounds, like "taunted/watery", "play/aged", "damp/clammy". In that sense, I think of it as quite a musical poem. I use a lot of assonance in my writing, have you noticed? :-) I was once told I have a poet's love of language, even in my prose, which was one of the nicest things anyone's ever said to me!
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