Poetry 101: Playing With Rhyme

Rhyme is something that I barely use in my poetry but it’s there for me to use when I need something to help me, creatively. This creative tool is often found in Taylor Swift’s early works. (If you follow me on Twitter, you would know about my love for Taylor Swift.)

The rhymes that I will cover on this post are:

  • true rhyme
  • internal rhyme
  • approximate rhyme

True Rhyme is a rhyme that is the most common out of the three rhymes and is the first rhyme that we learn as kids because we realize that words like “cat”, “hat”, “bat”, and “rat” have the same ending sounds.

Cold As You by Taylor Swift

Ain’t no use defending words that you will never say

And now that I’m sitting here, thinking it through

I’ve never been anywhere cold as you

Honeymooners by ME!

We were dancin’ ’round 

the living room floor

While the neighbours 

pound the door

Internal Rhyme is a rhyme that doesn’t occur within the end of the line but occurs within a line.

Lavenders by ME!

Lavenders are the roses of the French.

It can be scattered like starlight.

Though mystical and beautiful,

It can’t be a wish for a million dreamers.

A Place In This World by Taylor Swift

I’ll be strong, I’ll be wrong

Oh, but life goes on

Oh, I’m just a girl

Trying to find a place in this world

Approximate Rhyme is the very last rhyme that I will be touching on. It is a rhyme that is near perfect. Words will have a similar sound to them but they won’t have the same ending sound.

Dandelion Wishes by ME!

Singing praises in a choir 

Dressed in white cloaks

And Father Thomas’ jokes

Tim McGraw by Taylor Swift

He said the way my blue eyes shined

Put those Georgia stars to shame that night

I said: “That’s a lie.”

Just a boy in a Chevy truck

That had a tendency of gettin’ stuck

On back roads at night

And I was right there beside him all summer long

And then the time we woke up to find that summer had gone

xo

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