My friend is composing a poem, and for a rhyme's sake she needs the name of an English-language poet whose name rhymes with Stowe and who lived in the times of R.L. Stevenson or earlier.

I came up with "Poe" but she said she already used this surname. I would be grateful for any suggestions.

Ideally it would be a poet whom Stevenson knew - not necessarily personally; a poet of whom he knew by reading his works will do.

I'm not sure if this question is on-topic; sorry if it's not.

  • I have the temptation to vote to close the question, because I'm against cluttering the SE. But that would be weird, so I'll abstain. And I'm not 100% sure the question is off-topic. Jan 5, 2018 at 19:32
  • Asking "Which poets were contemporaries of R.L. Stevenson?" would have been acceptable I think. And might have found you some of @Tsundoku's answers. The rhyming stipulation then would just be weird but IMHO not a reason to close. Then again I tend to just want to be nicer to people in site betas. Apr 26, 2020 at 23:38

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Robert Louis Stevenson lived from 1850 to 1894, so the following poets are candidates for the answer:

  • Names that end with an unstressed o don't really rhyme with Stowe, do they? The definition of thyme that I'm familiar with requires the rhyme to start with a stressed vowel.
    – user14111
    May 8, 2023 at 1:02

Christopher Marlowe would have been known through his work to Stevenson. But it hardly scans.


Daniel Defoe (who wrote Robinson Crusoe) lived from 1660 to 1731, well before Stevenson. Further, Stevenson was a great admirer of his work. While Defoe is mostly known for his novels today, he also wrote poetry.

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