December 12, 2003, Newsletter Issue #44: To rhyme or not to rhyme

Tip of the Week

Rhyming is a personal choice best made in light of the poem`s needs. Some people simply detest poetry that rhymes, while others donīt recognize free verse. Most of us probably reside somewhere in the middle, respecting verse that is simply good. For myself, a poem is good if its images are evocative, its language strong, and its meaning clear. Whether or not it rhymes is rather a minor consideration.

If you choose to rhyme, keep it light and use it only where you donīt have to force words into rhyme. If you have to sacrifice clean lines of verse to make it rhyme, better to stick with free verse.

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