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Most of Gwendolyn Brooks' "The mother" rhymes, but a few lines do not.  Why might Brooks have chosen not to rhyme these particular lines?

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I think that Brooks is deliberate in not rhyming all of the lines in the poem.  Consider the first line where we see a breaking of the rhyme scheme:

I have heard in the voices of the wind the voices of my dim killed children.

This line breaks the rhyme scheme, making it of particular note.  The language in it is worthy of such a distinction, as it is one of the first moments where there is a profound haunting at what...

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