Less obvious forms of archaism include the use of common measure, an outmoded and distinctively English meter, the Skeltonic
, a rhyme pattern named for the early Tudor poet John Skelton and considered dated by the late Elizabethan period, and fading syntactic forms such as auxiliary "do.
A second chapter concentrates on demotic language and Skelton's use of the opaque and seemingly nonsensical, especially in his poems in the Skeltonic
metre, and a third explores his inventive capacity for using odd personae and quasi-dramatic scenes involving colloquial language.
The appropriation of skeltonic
verse by Protestant propagandists such as Luke Shepherd, and Edmund Spenser's use of Skelton's pastoral lament from Collyn Clout as a vehicle for interrogating his own poetic persona in The Shepheardes Calendar, each follows Skelton in locating meaning in the negotiation between the poet-writer and his receptive readers.
But the best part is the "Poetry 101" chapter--it teaches all about alliteration, onomatopoeia and skeltonic