I did say 'on the whole' not 'every poem that rhymes'. Anyhow that rhyming poem would be better than a poem on the same topic that didn't rhyme, me thinks. At least it was mildly amusing.
'If poetry could tell it backwards' is such a stupid pretentious way of saying 'If poetry could undo it all.' I really like how Duffy has decided to speak for the whole of poetry, and all the soldiers, and is suddenly now judge of all...
And Shakespeare understood rhythm and how to employ language. Trite 'the cat sat on the mat' rhymes are no help to anyone but if you tie yourself to rhythm and/or rhyme, you tie yourself to the language, instead of spouting out clever-sounding things.
That 'Dulce-No Decorum-No..' bit really bugs me. We know what Owen's poem meant and I think he has far more authority on the matter than Duffy does.
Duffy can write good poems ('Text' is a good poem, and it rhymes) but it's normally a product of throwing out whatever her mind thinks and then jiggling it about to see if it makes a good poem.
''All I know, all I understand
Is that foreign men were killed
In a foreign time,
A foreign land.
And many many years later
Poets write on a thing which they cannot understand.''