NaPoWriMo 2016: day eleven


Day eleven!


The English word rhyme sometimes gets confused with it's look-alike word rhythm. The difference: Rhythm has that "T" in it, so it gets percussive. "Rhyme" has an "e" at the end and rhymes with "time" so I make silly puns about it, yay!

Anyway, let's talk about (and try our hand at) end rhyme today!

This article talks about the difference between a bunch of different types of rhyme and if you are a more advanced rhyme/ form user, you can take a look at that and have fun. Otherwise, I'll try to keep this simple today, with only two differentiations:

True rhyme and slant rhyme

(These also have other terms that are used for them, but I'm trying to keep this simple today.)

True rhyme is what you think of when you think of rhyme. The end sounds are exactly the same:

true/ blue, rhyme/time, hells/ bells

(Note: they are not the same word: that's called "identical rhyme" and it's also used, especially in repetitive poems.)

Slant rhyme is not quite exact. It was extensively used by Emily Dickinson. There is nothing wrong with slant rhyme! It just isn't exactly true rhyme:

on/moon, bodies/ladies, soul/all

Our ears hear both as rhymes, but slant feels just slightly off, which can be to great effect in a poem.

The pattern of a rhyme used in a poem is called the rhyme scheme. We write it out using the alaphabet. A for the first rhyme, B for the next (and so on).

You can pick any rhyme scheme for your poem today (see the wiki link for some examples). But to make things easier, if you're new to rhyme, let's get simple and use either rhyming couplets or alternating lines.

Rhyming couplets: AA BB CC DD (and so forth), like the poem "Morning Swim" by Maxine Kumin.

Alternating lines: ABAB CDCD EFEF (and so forth), like the poem "Lizards and Snakes" by Anthony Evan Hecht

Note for intermediate rhymers: you don't need to use stanza breaks that follow the rhyme scheme - Hecht's poem uses ABACDCD stanzas.)

BTW, if you speak a romance language, rhyming in French or Spanish is considerably easier than rhyming in English, so feel free to write multilingually today (either combining languages or just in a different language other than English). Think outside the box!

And have fun playing with rhyme today!!

Happy poeming!