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“To rhyme or not to rhyme. That is the question”-Welliamnot Speakingthathere.
True words! He was a master of his craft. Even before most of us were able to rhyme ‘love’ with ‘dove’ or maybe forced rhyme with ‘low’ and made faces while we spoke our deftly written lines. He was able to understand the great problem, the poets of the new world were going to face: rhyme or not?
So did he have an answer? I don’t know. I wasn’t alive then, to ask and be told. And from what I have read, that sneaky brilliant man made-up many of the words. Don’t roll your eyeballs at this, it’s true.
But seriously, what is to be done? I don’t know about you or others but I certainly had this problem and even today, I sometimes struggle with this.
Yes, sometimes the lines just flow, but when I sit at my desk, in front of a blank page and a vague idea in my mind, it is like Sophie’s choice. (although I have it from very credible sources(movies) that that is just an expression. Maybe after reading my post they would call its poet’s choice. Pray good people, pray!) So, maintaining the rhyme is difficult, people with exceptional vocabulary can do it easily, but what about normal people like me? Well, we can always increase our vocabulary and we should, but it takes time. And it is not easy pulling out the exact word at the exact time out of thin air. There are sites on the web to help with that, but sometimes I don’t even know what I am going to write in the next line then how can I end my previous line on exact word. It gets even more frustrating, when halfway through the poem you realize that this is not what you actually intended to write. And then something terrible happens, you stop the creative process………
Good people, never stop. The Universal Authority of Verses frowns upon unfinished poems. You don’t want to mess with those people. So keep writing and finish it at least that is what I do.
Now, coming back to the question, in my opinion rhyming schemes can make or break the poem…….sometimes they elevate the content and at other times they just ruin it. Writing poems is a creative process, for the expression and the rhyming etc are just tools of that art. By now you know that I consider the expression above everything else. So do not let rhyming come in the way of doing that. EXPRESS……the way you want to do and whatever you want to.
If you think rhyming would help your poem, write a draft and then keep googling until angels start humming your perfect rhyme.
And if you think that rhyming would just take the attention away from what you are trying to express, do not let a single word even accidentally rhyme with another.
Though stay away from long running sentences and write and rewrite to make the flow better………use punctuation. Now, using punctuation could be tricky, an easy way is to put the dots and commas in such a way that it reads as you want it to. People skip punctuation while reading, their loss. You express your hearts out the way you want to.
“Dial up an idea,
Connect to your thoughts.
Let the verse stream,
Your canvas of
I hope you liked this sizzling curry of rhyming conundrum.
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