… Stevens’s approach does demote rhyme to the status of a “local grace”—same thing as, say, alliteration. And so, whereas the old-school rhymer accepted transfusing his or her whole poem with a kind of good (and indeed super-human) artificiality, Stevens allows rhyme to come and go as it pleases, thus entailing sudden changes in the pitch of artificiality. Rhyme plays peek- a-boo . . .