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A PRONUNCIATION POEM. PABLO RAMOS’S (C-1) RECOMMENDATION

PRONUNCIATION POEM

When the English tongue we SPEAK
Why is BREAK not rhymed with FREAK
Will you not tell me why it’s TRUE
We say SEW, but likewise FEW?
And the maker of a verse,
Can not rhyme his HORSE with WORSE?
BEARD is not the same as HEARD,
CORD is different from WORD,
COW is COW, but LOW is LOW,
SHOE is never rhymed with FOE
Think of HOSE and DOSE and LOSE,
Think of COMB and TOMB and BOMB,
DOLL and ROLL and HOME and SOME
And since PAY is rhymed with SAY,
Why not PAID with SAID I PRAY?
Think of BLOOD and FOOD and GOOD,
MOULD is not pronounced like COULD
Wherefore DONE but GONE and LONE,
Is there any reason KNOWN?
To SUM up ALL, it seems to ME
Sounds and letters don’t AGREE