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    Why do i suck at Rhyming

    could anyone give me tops as to rhyming?
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    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.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lamperoux View Post
    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.

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    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.
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    thanks everyone.
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    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
    or
    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 ...
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    thanks. Now i'm a few stanzas into a rhyme.
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    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.

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    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.
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