How to Find Rhyming Words for Poetry

How to Find Rhyming Words for Poetry? Fret Not, It's Damn Easy

Read this article for some useful tips on writing beautiful, rhyming poems...
Penlighten Staff
Last Updated: Mar 12, 2018
"Divers doth use, as I have heard and know,
When that to change their ladies do begin,
To mourn and wail, and never for to lin,
Hoping thereby to please their painful woe
..." Shakespeare

"I'll tell you the story of Cloony the Clown
Who worked in a circus that came through town.
His shoes were too big and his hat was too small,
But he just wasn't, just wasn't funny at all.
He had a trombone to play loud silly tunes,
He had a green dog and a thousand balloons.
He was floppy and sloppy and skinny and tall,
But he just wasn't, just wasn't funny at all
..." Shel Silverstein

Do you know what makes these poems beautiful? Yes! You guessed it right. It's the interesting usage of rhyming words, which makes these poems distinctive and memorable. Coming up with appropriate and pleasurable sounding rhyming words is not easy though. So, to help all such budding poets, here are some useful tips to come up with such words.

Tips to Come up With Rhyming Words

Tip # 1
Read, read and read a lot of poems. Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, T.S. Eliot, Emily Dickinson, R.W. Emerson, William Cowper, Ogden Nash, E.E. Cummings, Robert Frost, Walt Whitman - these popular and famous poets have written some of the most beautiful poems. So, get hold of a few of their poems and start reading them. Observe their style of writing, flow of ideas as well as usage of words. Going through their poems will not only help you understand how to go about writing a poem, but will also inspire you to take up poetry seriously!

Tip # 2
Improve your vocabulary. The reason why you are unable to come up with words that rhyme easily is that you have a limited vocabulary. A useful way to improve upon your vocabulary is by learning ten new words and their meaning, everyday. Open up the dictionary randomly and read the first word that you see. Likewise, open the dictionary ten times and thus, you will have ten new words daily, which is three thousand and sixty five new words in a year! So, starting from today, work on your vocabulary.

Tip # 3
One of the simplest ways to find such words while writing poems is to get a rhyming dictionary. These dictionaries are your best bet when you are unable to find a word which rhymes with and matches with the one in your poem. You can find such dictionaries online as well as offline, at any good bookstore.

Tip # 4
Internet is a great resource for finding rhyming words. There are many websites, which are especially designed for this. All you have to do is follow the instructions on the website i.e. enter the word for which you are finding a rhyme and voila! You will find a list of words which you can use in your poem, to rhyme with your "word". These days, you have the facility of downloading online rhyming dictionaries as well. It will cost you a bit, but once you have it with you, you are much less likely to face a writer's block from then on.

Tip # 5
When trying to find rhyming words, consider the last two syllables of the word. After that, try to think or find the words which end with similar sounding syllables. Search in the dictionary or look through the resources on the Internet. If you are still unable to find one, replace your "word" with a synonym for which a word can be easily found. Or, another good idea is to combine the said word with some other word, which is easy to rhyme! Yes! Poets have all the liberty in the world to come up with some new words of their own!

If you follow these tips, you will surely be able to write a lyrical, rhyming poem. One great thing about such poems is that they can be read aloud as well as sung or hummed in an enchanting tone. A beautiful, rhyming poem has the ability to transport anyone to a world of imagination!
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English journalist Rudyard Kipling