What is the use of rhyming words in a poem?

India
February 16, 2007 1:29am CST
What do you think is the proper use of having rhyming words in a poetry?Is it has any significance?
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@Jusred (1579)
• United States
18 Feb 07
Sometimes i like poetry that rhymes..and sometimes not- I think it just depends on the type of writing the poetry is, the kind of 'feel' that the one who wrote it is trying to get across along with the words' meaning themselves.. To certain poems, it gives a feeling of 'flow'...and can be pretty profound when you consider the added burden of trying to get across a meaning, a feeling, using words that rhyme on top of the rest~ But the best poems i have ever read, there was little or no rhyme, for it was not ever 'needed'~
@Jusred (1579)
• United States
18 Feb 07
May i add also, i have never felt that there should ever be 'rules' to any poetry...I think it is up to the reader to be the judge of what 'the writing' did for them..And of course for the author -there is usually a very personal, deep meaning for them that need not be approved by anyone else..
19 Feb 07
There are certain conventions for certain types of poetry - iambic pentametre and other metric feet, stanza length, the use of different stanza length etc. Different types of poem are best expressed by different "types" of poem. It's not "necessary", but working within the guidelines can make a poem better, and express the poet's intent better - if there is no framework or conventional structure, then the poet needs to impose their own on it, and is less free therefore to be completely expressive in what they're writing. Also, if there are no poetic conventions, then the poet can't break them to make a point - and poetry would be all the poorer for it. If you're unfamiliar with the different "feet" and other forms of poetic convention, then you may not even know the poet is using them. It's the same with art - an artist may choose not to use perspective, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't know how to use it...
@rein2410 (809)
• Australia
16 Feb 07
There are many diffrent types of poem. there are those who follow the classic rule with rhyming and all that but there are those who follow modern trend which does not have any trend. The use of rhyming is harder to be made and more beutiful and more like romantic and elegant if its done. But the modern writing can be looked as creative and not outdated and can be related to nowadays condition of the world. Both of them are good types of poem. The significance is that the poem lover will notice the rhyming and know how difficult it is to make the rhyming. It doesnt take just anyone to be able to make such a poem. I will give you an example of poem that follow modern trend Here it is: Our World We have no reason to harbor any mistrust against our world, for it is not against us. If it has terrors, they are our terrors. If it has abysses, these abysses belong to us. If there are dangers, we must try to love them, and only if we could arrange our lives in accordance with the principle that tells us that we must always trust in the difficult, then what now appears to us to be alien will become our most intimate and trusted experience. How could we forget those ancient myths that stand at the beginning of all races--the myths about dragons that at the last moment are transformed into princesses. Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are only princesses waiting for us to act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love. So you must not be frightened if a sadness rises before you larger than any youve ever seen, if an anxiety like light and cloud shadows moves over your hands and everything that you do. You must realize that something has happened to you. Life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hands and will not let you fall. Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any miseries, or any depressions? For after all, you do not know what work these conditions are doing inside you. Hope this helps. I think you know already what rhyming poems looked like
18 Feb 07
No offense meant here, but this sounds more like prose than poetry; in poetry the choice of language, punctuation and rhythm communicates as much to the reader as the sense the lines make, if not more! This is more like a narrative. Modern poetry, if anything, makes less sense if read in a literalist way - you need to read it with a musical ear, and in a more subjective way.
@angelicEmu (1311)
18 Feb 07
Different forms of poetry have different rules: some forms call for rhyming couplets (the last word of each line rhyming with each other), some call for alternate last words to rhyme, and some don't need any of the words to rhyme. Because poetry is a more musical (the sounds of the words, and the way they flow or don't flow, are very important) and emotive way to use language, there are rules to follow according to the type of poem, as a framework within which to be expressive. If you're writing a poem, and udr two words which rhyme or sound similar, this will create a "consonance", which has two effects within the poem - they sound harmonised, and those words stand out and become more significant within the poem. In poetry, every word has to have a reason for being used, and a reason for being where it is, in relation to the other words. Hope that helps! Also, if you choose to break the rules of the form of poetry you're using, you can, but you must have a valid reason to do so within the context of the poem.