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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.

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  • 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:

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

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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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