View Full Version : Why do i suck at Rhyming

November 5th, 2010, 06:40 PM
could anyone give me tops as to rhyming?

November 5th, 2010, 07:15 PM
Places like this link can help you to find rhymes. The rhyming word itself may suggest where your poem goes next, at times. I think rhyming is a skill that can be improved with practice and over time.

RhymeZone rhyming dictionary and thesaurus (http://www.rhymezone.com/)

November 5th, 2010, 07:19 PM
could anyone give me tops as to rhyming?

There's no better way to learn than to read a lot of published poetry by poets who use structured and rhyming forms. Reading analyses of these is helpful too. It's also a good idea to take various classical forms and experiment with them. Rhyming is the easy part, it's making the rhyme natural rather than forced that really makes the challenge.

November 5th, 2010, 07:59 PM
Take a series of mundane actions and write rhyming couplets about each one, ex--

I went to the store and bought some orange juice and some Black & Milds.

Woke up today, had to drink me some OJ;
Got to go down to the store, like I do almost every day.
Walkin barefoot on that gritty sidewalk, past the bar,
On to the 7-11, to get my juice and small cigars.

(No one's ever going to read it, it's just for practice, so who cares if it's stupid...?)

Checking an internet forum for new posts:

Ay de mio, the forum runs dry!
To the local library I must fly.

Giving the dog his food:

Excited, Bentley runs in rapid circles, then stops, and panting, shivering, stands;
But unfortunately he already succeeded in knocking his food dish from my hands.

Stuff like that.

Also, what the others said: Copy people you admire. (Don't rip them off, just copy them.)

I hope this was helpful.

November 6th, 2010, 05:43 PM
thanks everyone.

Olly Buckle
November 6th, 2010, 07:14 PM
When it seems impossible to find a rhyme it is usually possible to alter the preceding line to give an alternative, eg.

He came with wire, a bag and an orange

Has little future, nothing rhymes with orange much. On the other hand

He came with an orange, a bag and some wire
He came with an orange some wire and a bag

Give you rhyming possibilities of gag, fire, stag, liar, wag, trier, drag, desire, slag, entire, hair drier
The list goes on and on ...

November 6th, 2010, 10:23 PM
thanks. Now i'm a few stanzas into a rhyme.

jeffrey c mcmahan
May 9th, 2012, 02:38 AM
Rhyming, I never make an effort to rhyme, if it begins that's one thing, but to set out to make a rhyming poem seems, oh so purple.

May 10th, 2012, 03:15 AM
Rhyming is important in certain types of formal poetry and often in lyrics as well.

If you'd like, I'll share my notes from the lecture I had on rhyming.