not very knowledgable in such matters perhaps , but it makes no sense to do so
If it creates an interesting tonal effect and sounds good, which it does to my and many other Dylan fans' ears, then it certainly does make sense.
i believe he was writing and it just suited it better and almost rhymed , and hence kept it there ....
When talking about the value of art it's better not to speculate about the mental process that went into its production, since we can never really know that for sure. But even if you're right, what's wrong with being able to think of interesting applications of poetic techniques off the top of your head?
if any amateur had done it , he'd probably be told off about it
Probably not. Using half rhymes had been an established poetic technique since around the time of Yeats, and can be found in gestational forms as early as the 15th century. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Half_rhyme
. And even in the cases where Dylan's breaking away from the structure are not technically "half rhymes", they are still poetic techniques that have legitimate precursors, such as in Whitman, Pound, Williams, and Ginsberg.
but since it was Dylan, he gets the pass
My view is that the reason Dylan is held in such high regard in the first place is at least partially because
he brought these poetic effects to rock songwriting.
...id believe its an artistic thing to do if there was no slight rhyme to the words..... and the fact that he does it only once in Ma and twice in desolation makes it hard to believe hes doing it on purpose
Since doing it was already well established in poetry I don't think it's hard to believe at all. It is
however hard to believe that a lyricist as talented as Dylan would have settled for a half rhyme if he really wanted a full rhyme.
heck, it'd make writing my poems a whole lot easier and my obsession with perfect rhyming might decrease a notch as well ....
It's actually good for budding poets to force themselves to rhyme perfectly early in their development because it instills formal discipline. But if you want to learn how to loosen up a bit, all you have to do is read many of the great poets who didn't rhyme perfectly. Check out Whitman, Dickinson, and the names I mention above.