Writing Tip: To Rhyme Or Not To Rhyme?


To Rhyme Or Not To Rhyme?

An important thing to consider when you are writing poetry is whether the poem should or should not rhyme. It is something you should decide on at the beginning, before you create your poem or before it takes on a noticeable form. There are advantages and disadvantages to both of these. Let’s take a look.

To Rhyme!
Rhyming provides an easy way for you to create a clear sense of rhythm in your piece. You will probably find yourself using a more solid form if you rhyme, with lines of similar length to maintain a pattern. However, it can also restrict you when you write. When you choose to rhyme, you limit yourself to a specific number of words at the end of each line. To make it easier, you can use near rhymes as well as perfect rhymes. “Strong” and “wrong” are examples of perfect rhymes; “strong” and “string” are examples of near rhymes, because they sound similar (the -ng sound) without being full rhymes. You would also have the choice to use a specific form of poetry such as limerick if you wish.

Not to Rhyme!
Choosing not to rhyme in your poem provides you with the possibility to write more freely on your chosen subject and there is less chance that it will become skewered by a distinct lack of rhyming words available to you. However, the biggest challenge comes when you try to create a distinct rhythm in the piece. You have to consider carefully where one line should end and the next one begin. When done correctly, you can create a wonderful, flowing piece of poetry that can have a considerable impact on your audience.

Written By: Laura Marie Clark

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About the Author

Laura is a 23 year old English woman with a history degree residing in the UK. She has been writing for many years and enjoys writing horror/fantasy stories, as well as poetry. You can view  more of her work at: https://inspiredstoriesandpoems.wordpress.com/

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