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Rhyming Poetry Help and Tips for Students

written by: Kellie Hayden • edited by: Trent Lorcher • updated: 2/17/2012

If the teacher assigns you to write a poem, don't worry. Follow these tips to wow the teacher by focusing on the sounds of poetry using rhyme. Your poem will be creative and original.

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    Poetry Tips for Ryhme Poetry

    Poetry can be intimidating. Don't let it be! Choose a topic for your poem that you like. Write what you know about, or write about topics in which you have an interest. Don't write a love poem if you think love poems are silly. It all starts with a great topic. If you are uncomfortable writing poetry, choose the poetic device of rhyme to make your poem sensational.

    Choose Logical Rhyming Words

    Most students have been writing rhymes since they were in elementary school. And, many students who still write rhyming poetry sound like they are in elementary school, unless they use rhyme in a more sophisticated fashion.

    Tip #1 -- Make sure the words make sense or are a logical choice for the poem when using end rhyme. End rhyme is a poetry technique where words rhyme at the end of lines in poetry. For example:

    You are at the top of my list

    If I only had your wrist.

    Yes, those two end words rhyme. However, the two lines do not make much sense. However, if you check out the Rhyme Zone rhyme dictionary, there are many other rhyme choices for list.

    Try Using Internal Rhyme

    Tip #2 -- Words can even rhyme in the middle of the line. This is called internal rhyme.

    Example: The kite spiraled towards the blinding light

    Many students do not use this poetic device. Using internal rhyme could help you write a standout poem.

    Pick a Rhyme Pattern or Scheme

    Tip #3 -- Rhymes should not be random. Use a rhyme pattern or scheme, such as ABABAB, AABBAABB, AABBCC, etc.

    For example:

    The mist swirls in a dream A

    Water trickles to a stream A

    Slowly the deer prance B

    Rabbit circle in a dance B

    So, when facing the poetry assignment, choose a poetic device that you already know -- rhyme. To receive a top grade, be choosey with word choice, try internal rhyme and use a rhyme pattern. Once a draft is written, share it with a parent or student who writes poetry well for some additional tips to improve the poem.

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