Poems don’t necessarily have to rhyme, but just like a delicious meal, rhymes can add flavour to your piece if done right. Although, most modern poets prefer free verse, you can still decide to write poetry with bad-ass rhymes.
1. Let the words strike the reader as something that you purposely fixed into the line, and not just a random word.
2. Rhymes don’t necessarily have to follow each other.
3. Get a rhyming dictionary (thank us later 😉)
4. Use the rhyme-words-first method – write the rhyme words at the end of each line even before you’ve decided what your poem will be about.
5. Know the different rhyme schemes. You can experiment with ABCB, ABABCDCDEFEFGG (Shakespearean sonnet) or ABAB rhyme scheme which is quite popular among poets. The first and third line rhyme (A with A), as do the second and fourth (B with B).
Here’s an example of ABAB rhyme scheme in William Shakespeare’s ‘Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day’
A – Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
B – Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
A – Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
B – And summer’s lease hath all too short a date
6. Read good rhyming poems. Study the works of favourite writers, then practice.
7. Pay attention to metre-the number of stressed and unstressed syllable. It might be overwhelming at first, but if you’re determined, you’ll soon realise that the principles are pretty simple.
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