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Rhyming, How to Make the Poem Flow

Many people associate rhyming with poetry. While this style of poem is the most well known you can also write in what is called 'free verse'. This means that the words do not all have to rhyme. However, for this article we will talk about how to write a rhyming poem. Now, when children first start reading poems the words that rhyme are ones like 'spot and dot' or 'cat and hat'. Dr. Suess is a great introduction to the world of rhyme for children. I believe one of the greatest poets of all time is William Shakespeare. This man lived during the age of poetry and contributed so much to this art. Now, many of his poems rhymed so I have selected a few lines from some well known works of his to give you the idea of how rhyming poems are written. 

William Shakespeare; the fairy queen:

I do wander everywhere, Swifter than the moon's sphere; And I serve the Fairy Queen, To dew her orbs upon the green;

Notice that the rhyme scheme he uses here where  the last word of two lines rhyme with each other or have the last word of every other line to rhyme. This is a mixture of patterns that produces such a beautiful poem where the words just flow well together. Some poems can be written where every last word in a line rhymes however, if you are writing a long poem or sonnet then this can be difficult and alternating which words rhyme make it flow better not to mention makes it easier to write. Another poet that I found inspiring is George MacDonald. Now he mainly wrote fantasy novels but he also wrote many poems that he put into his novels. I hope this article helps the aspiring poets of today, who knows maybe there will be another Shakespeare in the future.

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