as I see fit

be replaced with

as I find fitting

I'm trying to write a poem and that's the only word that rhymes with bidding.

  • No, it does not...not matter where you place it in your poetry! – Maulik V Jul 11 '18 at 5:24
  • I agree that "fitting" doesn't really rhyme with "bidding". It's probably better to rewrite that stanza to find a different rhyme. You might have better luck with the verb "bid": I always do as you bid instead of I always do your bidding. – Andrew Jul 11 '18 at 6:23
  • How about , ridding, skidding, kidding, forbidding. I am sure there must be more. Check with a rhyming site. – James Jul 11 '18 at 18:24
  • @James - I don't think the OP means it's the only word in the language; I get the feeling Zack means, "the only word that fits into the train of thought I'm trying to convey AND rhymes with the previous line." – J.R. Jul 12 '18 at 9:46
  • @MaulikV - Actually, these words would rhyme in many American dialects. See M-W's note on the matter. – J.R. Jul 12 '18 at 10:16

In poetry you are the Czar
English rules, broken are.

Poetic licence means that you don't need to follow the same "rules". The only rule is that you write a good poem. (A rule that I have certainly broken.) What makes a "good" poem is rather beyond the scope of language learning.

I would note that "bidding" and "fitting" are not a perfect rhyme, and actually not many modern poems make any attempt at rhyme. But if you are writing a sonnet or another rhyming form, consider rephrasing the line ending "bidding"

  • It's also worth noting that bidding and fitting are pretty damn close to a perfect rhyme, especially in American English. Furthermore, it's worth noting that near rhymes (a.k.a. slant rhymes) have been employed by rhyming poets for centuries, from Shakespeare to Eminem. – J.R. Jul 12 '18 at 10:09

In general, yes. They both mean the same thing. "As I find fitting" isn't something you'd usually hear in conversation, but it fits perfectly in a poem.

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    Perhaps ... but "as I find fitting" is a truly awkward turn of phrase, and not one I would recommend anyone use. – Andrew Jul 11 '18 at 6:26
  • @Andrew Agreed, I can imagine someone from the 19th century using it, but it's not something you'd use in daily life. This question is about its use in a poem though, which is somewhere it fits right in. – Omegastick Jul 11 '18 at 6:31

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