Free verse or Rhyme schemes?

United States
March 23, 2007 12:00pm CST
I see a lot of beginning poets (and i was guilty of the same) writing verse so heavy in end rhymes that it actually pulls a reader out of the poem. I'm not saying I never rhyme. I do, but it's mostly internal rhymes that are a little more subtle. And of course, if you're writing in form, rhyme is a part of some of them. But is rhyming becoming a little archaic? I try to stick to writing and reading free verse--I find it more interesting. And, I'm not saying rhyming is bad...but what do YOU think?
2 responses
@Pigglies (9340)
• United States
24 Mar 07
I like poems that rhyme. When I used to write a lot of poetry, it would always have some type of rhyming scheme to it. Otherwise, it didn't seem to have that flow to it. I've never really read a poem that didn't rhyme and I thought flowed. But maybe that's just me. After the whole poetry.com scam thing, I was kind of turned off poetry and haven't really written a poem since high school. I used to write poetry all the time too, and now I never do.
• United States
24 Mar 07
I understand that some people think rhyme facilitates reading, making a poem "flow." I guess I don't think like that because my poetry is prosey and narrative. it flows on it's own because it's a story.
@urbandekay (18314)
24 Mar 07
There is good and bad in rhyming and good and bad in free verse. Perhaps it is a question of which you find the worst. I of preference write in rhyme and generally to pose a norm Though never all the time Find I prefer this form though not the heavy structure of Iambic pentameter. Sometimes, rhyming can hinder but sometimes it can help (Apologies for this doggerel) all the best urban