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Bringing Back Rhyming Poetry

Brittany is a self-published poet, poetry blogger, and aspiring children's book author who enjoys participating in poetry challenges.

A rhyming poem my me.

A rhyming poem my me.

Rhyming poetry: the correspondence of two or more words with similar sounding final syllables placed to echo each other. Rhyming is used by many classic poets we know and love. The point of rhyming poetry is to produce sounds appealing to the reader's senses. As a self-published poet and poetry blogger who uses mostly rhyming poetry, I truly believe rhyming poetry is becoming a lost art. Many modern day poets relish in free-verse poetry and visual poetry. While I do think it is good poets are expanding their creative abilities, I also feel that every person who considers themselves a poet should at least know how to write rhyming poetry. Rhyming poetry was invented by the classics, who I happen to call the master minds of poetry. Out of respect of the master minds who inspired us all, I truly think rhyming poetry should be the preferred writing style for all poets.

Why I Prefer Rhyming Poetry

I look at poetry as songs without music. The history of both songs and poems are connected by iambic pentameter. When I listen to a song, I'm searching for a connection through my emotions both through music and lyrics. My connection to any piece of music seems to be stronger when the verse is consistent with rhyming syllables. The same is especially true for any piece of poetry I read. Nine times out of ten, if the poet does not use rhyming poetry, I will most likely be uninterested in the work. Since poems do not have music to put the reader in a particular mood, it is important that I find a poem that not only rhymes but uses strong imagery and emotion as well. I almost think a poem has to rhyme (in my personal opinion) or else it resembles a short story or a simple journal entry. Poet's have a special mindset. While it is important to express one's emotions and thoughts, it is also important to go by a set of rules that make poem a poem. When I search for what I consider a good poem, I'm looking for the poet to be able to express a topic by knowledge, creativity, emotions, and imagery. Many people can write about a bluebird flying in the sky, but not all people can rack their brains on how to write about the bluebird using rhyming syllables. This is part of the fun and challenge of being a poet. You must think outside of the box from a typical writer. I personally cannot write poetry if it does not rhyme. My brain simply does not allow it. I have one contemporary piece in my poetry book, Poetic Poetry; A Short Collection of Poems, and it was the most challenging poem I wrote in my collection.

From my poetry collection, Poetic Poetry.

From my poetry collection, Poetic Poetry.

Examples of Rhyme Schemes

A Perfect Rhyme is where both words share a resemblance of sound and number of syllables. Can also be known as exact rhyme, full rhyme, or true rhyme.

A Slant Rhyme is formed by words with similar (not identical) resemblance of sounds and/or number of syllables. Can also be known as half rhyme, imperfect rhyme, or near rhyme.

An Eye Rhyme are words that look alike on page, but do not rhyme when spoken. (Examples: love versus move)

A Masculine Rhyme is the final stressed syllables of two lines.

A Feminine Rhyme is a multi-syllable rhyme using both stressed and unstressed syllables. For example, the words crazy and lazy form feminine rhymes. They syllables "cra" and "la" are stressed while "zy" and "zy" are unstressed rhymes.

An End Rhyme occurs between the final words on particular lines of poetry. End rhymes can be masculine or feminine.

Some of the more popular rhyme schemes in poetry look as such:





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Practice Worksheets for Writing Rhyming Poetry


Brittany Benko (author) from South Carolina on July 25, 2021:

Brenda, I always appreciate good feedback. I understand rhyming poetry is not for everyone, but as a fan of the classics, I feel an obligation to try and bring rhyming poetry back into the modern world! Have a blessed day!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 24, 2021:


There's certainly nothing wrong with rhyming poetry if the poet does it correctly.

He just can't toss words in to make it rhyme.

There has to be a true story within the lines.

I'm sorry you don't like free verse, because that's kinda what my mind tends to write.

But I love a great rhyming poem.

This article gives valuable points if one wants to try his hand writing one.

Brittany Benko (author) from South Carolina on July 24, 2021:

Always a pleasure reading your comments. Thanks for all of your support.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 24, 2021:

Hi Brittany. I agree with you, unfortunately, these days the majority of poetry doesn’t rhyme and many people actually consider (wrongly) that rhyming poetry childish. I personally think that who say that do so because they are unable to do it successfully.

You are right that most of the “classic” poets wrote rhyming poetry, and I also consider them the true masters. Personally, I find it much easier to think and write in rhyme then in free verse or prose poetry, though I try the latter occasionally. I agree too that poems are songs without music so need to flow and sound lyrical.

Thank you for sharing some of your poems.

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