How to Write a Rhyming Poem


Rhyme can add a driving music to your poems, giving them a memorable quality that can be a lot of fun. While not all poems need to rhyme, poems that do rhyme tend to seem all the more spectacular for pulling off such a complex composition. If you want to try your hand at rhyming poetry, learn the basics, get inspired, and write your poem!

Part 1
Brainstorming Your Poem

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It is important to write often to keep your creative juices flowing and to ensure that you don’t forget the ideas that you have for poems! When you have an idea for a poem, write it down so you won’t forget it.[1]Tip: Keep a small notepad orjournal with you at all times soyou can record your ideas andwrite on the go.Tip: Keep a small notepad or journalwith you at all times so you canrecord your ideas and write on the go.Tip: Keep a small notepad or journal withyou at all times so you can record yourideas and write on the go.Tip: Keep a small notepad or journal with you at all times so you canrecord your ideas and write on the go.Tip: Keep a small notepad or journal with you at all times so you can recordyour ideas and write on the go. You don’t have to write your ideas in verse. You can write in prose or make lists of words and ideas that you might want to use for a poem later on.

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If you are not sure what to write your poem about, pick an object, animal, person, or place as your subject matter. You don’t need to write about something extraordinary. Just choose something that is interesting to you.[2] For example, you could choose to write a rhyming poem about a lamp on your desk, the view out your bedroom window, your dog, your mom, or your favorite restaurant.

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Once you have an idea for a poem, start writing! Get all of your ideas for the poem onto paper without worrying about the structure or rhyme scheme. You can divide it into lines, or write it in prose as your first draft.[3] For example, if you are writing a poem about your dog, then you might write a paragraph about how your dog looks, acts, and makes you feel. Tip: If you spot anyopportunities for rhyming in yourdraft, include these rhymingwords. However, you can also addthese later, so don’t worry ifyou can’t think of any rightaway.Tip: If you spot any opportunities forrhyming in your draft, include theserhyming words. However, you can alsoadd these later, so don’t worry ifyou can’t think of any right away.Tip: If you spot any opportunities forrhyming in your draft, include these rhymingwords. However, you can also add theselater, so don’t worry if you can’t thinkof any right away.Tip: If you spot any opportunities for rhyming in your draft, includethese rhyming words. However, you can also add these later, so don’tworry if you can’t think of any right away.Tip: If you spot any opportunities for rhyming in your draft, include theserhyming words. However, you can also add these later, so don’t worry if youcan’t think of any right away.

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Another great way to brainstorm for a rhyming poem is to make a list of rhyming words that are related to your subject. The list may be long or short depending on what you are writing about. Try writing words that describe the subject and then look for rhyming pairs to each of those words. For example, if you are writing a poem about your favorite tree, then you might start by writing down words that rhyme with tree, such as see, me, we, glee, free, memory, etc. Then, you could choose a part of the tree, such as the bark, and make another list of words that rhyme with bark, such as park, mark, stark, dark, embark, and lark. Continue making lists in this way until you cannot think of any more words.

Part 2
Selecting a Rhyme Scheme

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The alternating rhyme scheme may be the most common way to organize a poem. To use it, place your rhyming pairs at the end of every other line.[4] For example, your rhyming words would follow the pattern ABAB, CDCD, EFEF, etc.

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If you want to incorporate a little more complexity into an alternating rhyme scheme, then try structuring your poem in ballade form. This features 2 sets of 4 alternating rhymes divided by 1 extra line that rhymes with the second line. Then, a third set of 4 alternating rhymes that features the same rhymes as the second set follows.[5] For example, this rhyme scheme would look like ABABBCBC and then BCBC.

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Monorhyme is when you use the same rhyming sound throughout your entire poem. This can be tricky if there are not a lot of words or syllables that rhyme with your first word, so choose carefully.[6] For example, the last word in each line in your poem would rhyme with the first one you used, so the rhyme scheme would look like AAAAA.

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A couplet is simply 2 lines that end with the same rhyme. You can write your entire poem in couplets, or just include a few for variety.[7] A poem written in a couplet rhyme scheme would look like AA BB CC DD etc. You can also do a variation of the couplet by writing triplets, such as AAA BBB CCC etc. For example, a couplet can be assimple as, "The cow jumped overthe moon, and the dish ran awaywith the spoon."For example, a couplet can be assimple as, "The cow jumped over themoon, and the dish ran away with thespoon."For example, a couplet can be as simple as,"The cow jumped over the moon, and the dishran away with the spoon."For example, a couplet can be as simple as, "The cow jumped over themoon, and the dish ran away with the spoon."For example, a couplet can be as simple as, "The cow jumped over the moon, andthe dish ran away with the spoon."

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If you want to try something that will help to signal the beginning and then end of your stanzas, then open and close each one with the same rhyme. You can include a couplet or other rhyme scheme in the middle of the stanza, or not include any other rhymes except for at the beginning and end of the poem.[8] For example, you could organize your rhyme scheme as ABBA CDDC EFFE, or try something like ABCA DEFD GHIG.

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Limericks are 5 line poems that tell a short silly story, so this is a great option if you want to write a funny rhyming poem. The Limerick structure includes 2 couplets followed by 1 line that ends on the same rhyme as the first couplet. For example, you could structure your poem as AABBA.

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You can also place rhyming words within the same line for a quicker succession of rhymes. This is known as an internal rhyme scheme. Choose 2 words that rhyme or that have a rhyming syllable at the end and place them both in the same line in your poem.[9] For example, you might include a rhyme that reads, “Stealthily I stalk along the walk,” or “Beauty is my solemn duty.”

Part 3
Revising a Rhyming Poem

Revising a Rhyming Poem on How to Write a Rhyming Poem

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As with many forms of writing, revision is the most important part. Once you have your ideas on paper, go back through it and refine the language, add or remove words and phrases, and rewrite sections of the poem as needed.[10] Make sure to read your poem out loud so that you can hear how it sounds. This will help you to catch minor errors and this is also how poetry is meant to be enjoyed![11] If you have to submit the poem for a class, make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to revise your poem until you are happy with it! Remember that even published poets revise their work multiple times.

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Ask a friend, classmate, or teacher to read over your poem and tell you what they think. This may help you to revise your poem by providing you with additional rhyming words, content for the poem, or ways to improve the structure. If you need to submit the poem for a class, be sure to ask for feedback at least a few days before the poem is due. Tip: Keep in mind that revisingis not just about fixing minorerrors such as misspellings,typos, or formatting issues.Revising is about shaping andimproving the content of yourpoem to make it as good aspossible.[12]Tip: Keep in mind that revising is notjust about fixing minor errors such asmisspellings, typos, or formattingissues. Revising is about shaping andimproving the content of your poem tomake it as good as possible.[12]Tip: Keep in mind that revising is not justabout fixing minor errors such asmisspellings, typos, or formatting issues.Revising is about shaping and improving thecontent of your poem to make it as good aspossible.[12]Tip: Keep in mind that revising is not just about fixing minor errorssuch as misspellings, typos, or formatting issues. Revising is aboutshaping and improving the content of your poem to make it as good aspossible.[12]Tip: Keep in mind that revising is not just about fixing minor errors such asmisspellings, typos, or formatting issues. Revising is about shaping andimproving the content of your poem to make it as good as possible.[12]

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Although you can revise your poem right away, many people find it easier to revise after they have set their poem aside for a few hours or even a few days. This allows you to return to the poem with fresh eyes and spot issues that you ay not have noticed the last time you looked at it.[13]

Part 4
Trying Different Kinds of Rhymes

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The most common type of rhyme in a poem is when the last word or the last syllable of the last word in a line rhymes with the last word or syllable of another line.[14] This is also known as a masculine rhyme.[15] For example, if 1 line ends with “shells,” then next line might end with “bells.” Or, you could rhyme the last syllables to 2 words, such as “rotisserie” and “misery.”

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When you have 2 words in a poem that are similar in sound but not quite close enough to rhyme perfectly, this is known as a slant rhyme scheme. The words might have a strong rhyming vowel sound, but be 1 consonant or vowel off from rhyming perfectly.[16] For example, the words “heart” and “star” are a slant rhyme because of the “arr” sound in each of the words. “Silk” and “talk” would also be considered a slant rhyme because both words share the “lk” at the end. Slant rhyme is also sometimes referred to as feminine rhyme.[17]

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Rich rhyme is so named because the rhyming words sound the same but have totally different meanings. This is a great way to incorporate rhyming words and add intricacy to your poem.[18] For example, you might include the words “bare,” as in naked, and “bear,” as in carry or like the animal. Another type of rich rhyme might be repeating the word “rose,” but with a different meaning in each use. “Rose” can mean that someone stood up, or that something climbed higher in the sky, such as a bird, dust, or the sun, or it might also refer to the flower.

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Some words are spelled in such a way that you might think they rhyme when you see them on paper. However, the 2 words might sound totally different when you speak them. Pairing 2 words that look the same but sound different is called an eye rhyme and including these types of rhymes can make your poem seem more intricate.[19] For example, the words “tough” (pronounced as TUFF) and “bough” (pronounced as BOW) have the same spelling after their consonants, so it seems like they would rhyme, but they sound very different when you say them!

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Repeating a word is another creative way to include rhyming words in your poem. You can rhyme a word with that same word by repeating the word in the same position in the next line.[20] For example, you could repeat “house” in 2 lines by saying, “I am safe inside of my house / Heavy, thick walls support this house.” Tip: Don’t reuse the same wordtoo many times in your poem. Tryusing repetition only once ortwice to create emphasis withoutsounding too repetitive.Tip: Don’t reuse the same word toomany times in your poem. Try usingrepetition only once or twice tocreate emphasis without sounding toorepetitive.Tip: Don’t reuse the same word too manytimes in your poem. Try using repetitiononly once or twice to create emphasiswithout sounding too repetitive.Tip: Don’t reuse the same word too many times in your poem. Try usingrepetition only once or twice to create emphasis without sounding toorepetitive.Tip: Don’t reuse the same word too many times in your poem. Try usingrepetition only once or twice to create emphasis without sounding toorepetitive.