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Weird Al Yankovic On Writing in Verse

In celebration of both April Fool’s Day and National Poetry Month, we bring you an interview with Grammy Award-winning parody musician Weird Al Yankovic (pictured, via Seth Olenick).

As we reported, Yankovic’s children’s book (When I Grow Up) recently climbed The New York Times‘ bestseller list. Here are highlights from the interview…

Q: How did you land your book deal?
A: I was approached a few years ago by Anne Hoppe, an editor at HarperCollins. She was a fan of my songwriting, and thought that the wordplay and sensibility displayed in my lyrics suggested that I might be adept at writing children’s books. I readily agreed, having felt the same thing for quite some time.

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Free Rhyming Dictionary Online

Believe it or not, this GalleyCat editor once attempted to write a private detective epic poem. The project stalled for many reasons, but primarily because we are TERRIBLE at making rhymes.

To help all the struggling poets in the audience, we’ve uncovered Free Online Rhyming Dictionary.

The online tool allows poets to select from six different kinds of rhymes. End Rhymes (blue/shoe), Last Syllable Rhymes (timber/harbor), Double Rhymes (conviction/prediction), Triple Rhymes (frightening/brightening), Beginning Rhymes (physics/fizzle), and First Syllable Rhymes (carrot/caring). For $19.99, you can download a desktop copy of the dictionary with a host of other features.

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