These aren't restricted to poets and Cockneys; everyone uses them. The impetus for the coining of these seems to be nothing more than the enjoyment of wordplay.
In other cases, one word will allude to some existing meaning and the other half of the pair is added for effect or emphasis.
New coinages have often appeared at times of national confidence, when an outgoing and playful nature is expressed in language; for example, during the 1920s, following the First World War, when many nonsense word pairs were coined - the - These are reminiscent of Cockney rhyming slang, although in that the rhyme is usually with some other unspoken word, which doesn't form part of the phrase; for example, trouble and strife - wife.
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