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Old 09-17-2018, 10:16 PM
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Susan, the dictionary waffles a bit on "costume." It's clearly not in the same costume as "custom" as a natural trochee, though both share an etymology. Two-syllable words that are French cognates usually sound about equally stressed to me. As for "retrograde" I wouldn't hesitate to rhyme it with "paid."

His bills, all retrograde,
Remained untouched, unpaid.

For me, the poem is all about retrograde and whatever its opposite is.

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