How to Write a Rhyming Poem

How to Write a Rhyming Poem to Make it More Appealing to Kids

In order to know how to write a rhyming poem for kids, you most essentially need to be aware of basic rhyming words. Read on to know more about writing rhyming poetry...
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Last Updated: Sep 10, 2018
Writing is the best way in which a person can express his feelings and emotions about anything or an aspect. It is almost used in all areas of our life such as an article, a poem, a story, an instructional guide, etc.
If you are thinking about writing, you should essentially have a strong presence of mind and the required writing skills. A majority of writing enthusiasts consider a poem to best express their feelings. When it comes to writing a poem, appropriate rhyming words are very crucial.
Use dictionary for poem writing
Those who want to learn how to write a rhyming poem or song, need to develop a strong vocabulary. A rhyming writing can be composed using simple words or complex words. It simply depends on the maturity of readers.
It is always recommended to include understandable words in your poetry. This does not mean that you should not learn new words which makes the writing creative. For beginners to make a rhyming poem, you can make a list of similar sounding words and use a dictionary.
How to Write a Rhyming Poem or Song
The very first thing that you need to do when it comes to writing a rhyming poem is to decide on and note down poem ideas to write about. You can then select a theme of what you want to express. At this point in time, do not worry if the wordings are not in rhyme. Write down your feelings in a free pattern till you get to the conclusion.
Now, you will have to arrange the lines into a group of four sentences. You can even make a set of six or eight lines, but just make sure it does not get too complicated. You could use a dictionary. It is better to use simple words to help readers understand the concept. Arrange all sentences and ending throughout, according to the rhyme scheme chosen.
After you are done with the poem, you will have to read it carefully from the start. This will help you ensure if the poem makes sense, and the words and lines are set in a suitable manner. After the text is finalized, you can choose to add a tune to it.
You can choose any simple tune which can be similar to 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star', 'Baa, Baa, Black Sheep', or any other kinds of poems. Along with the tune, you would also have to decide on the rhythm and beat. Let us now see some of the rhyming schemes commonly used.
Types of Rhyme Schemes
You can consider a simple rhyming pattern such as the rhyming couplet, wherein every two sentences fall in rhyme, which is also referred to as 'aa bb cc dd' and so on.

There is another rhyming pattern which you can consider that is known as 'abab cdcd efef'. In this complicated pattern, every alternate sentence rhymes.
After you finalize one line, set the second line in a way wherein the last word will rhyme with that in the first line. You need to keep similar sounding and meaning words ready in your mind to include in the lines.
A type of simple rhyme scheme is the 'Clerihew' which comes in the 'AABB' pattern. In this pattern, if there are four lines; the second will rhyme with the first, whereas the fourth with the third.
Example:
John Wesley was a worried man, he had a poor house plan. (A)
To build with bricks made of bread,slapped up with strawberry jam. (A)
They said that bread would never do,in these hard times today. (B)
The poor house will come falling down, with no place left to stay. (B) - Paul McCann
Another type of rhyme pattern is the Monorhyme which has the 'AAAA' format. Here, all lines rhyme with each other.
Example:
I thought of you the other day (A)
And now that's where you always stay (A)
At school, or as in bed I lay (A)
Crossing my mind as I pray (A) - Marinela Reka
An enclosing rhyme is also a common type of scheme used in poetry. It has the pattern 'ABBA'.
Example:
How soon hath Time, the subtle thief of youth, (A)
Stolen on his wing my three and twentieth year! (B)
My hasting days fly on with full career, (B)
But my late spring no bud or blossom shew'th. (A) - John Milton
This is some general explanation on how to write a rhyming poem and poetry techniques. In order to be proficient in the skill, it is suggested to read as much as you can, which will lead to vocabulary improvement. Referring to poetry styles of other poets will give you some useful lessons on writing a poem which rhymes.