Why don't all poems rhyme?
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There are many different types of poetry. Some poetry, such as sonnets and odes rhyme. Some poetry does not rhyme: we call this free verse. Free verse was first made popular by Walt Whitman who published "Leaves of Grass" in the nineteenth century. Whitman thought that poetry should be organic an unifying. He did not want to keep to the rules and standards of traditional poetry. He wanted poetry to be a connecting experience that unifies humanity. His poetry was intended for the general populace. Free verse is an unregulated expression of the soul.
Another type of non-rhyming poetry is called "blank verse". Blank verse is non-rhyming iambic pentameter. It is more structured that free verse because it has a steady rhythm, but does not require a rhyme scheme.
Why don't we all have the same color eyes or hair? Wouldn't it be boring if everything were exactly the same!
Just as there are many different types of people--skin, hair, eye color, height, weight, face shapes, preferences--there are different types of poetry. Some follow a particular format--certain numbers of lines, rhyme scheme, rhythm. Like haikus, cinquains, sonnets, and all the songs you hear on the radio.
Some or more free and flowing like just talking to someone else. This is what blank or free verse sound like when you read it.
Thank goodness for variety!
im 13 and i dont write poems that Rhyme, like..
Belive in yourself
Your Time will come
patience is your only alli
Love and pain are Twins
You cannot seek one with out finding the other
Some of life hurts
Pain can be white
Pain can be red
Its All here
With what earth offers
and what life is
you would think we
would be sane
Awake I may be
shadowing dawns path
Asleep I am inside
Until loves burning touch
come to my side..
most of my poems do not rhyme..
As with many different types of poetry, one of the first reasons is language; in which words do not translate well into other languages and when it comes to author's purpose, a rhyme would interfere with that purpose.
The previous post really did a nice job of explaining it, and I would only like to add to that. The poet's job is to connect with the reader in the purest of expressions. Whatever means assist with that function is essential. If the poet needs to invoke a rhyme scheme to do it, fine. If the poet does not need to use a rhyme to to do it, then that, too, is fine. If a poet becomes constricted with necessary preconditions, it might taint the ability to freely express one's thoughts and ideas, precluding that purpose of having "to connect."
Akanan made a nice point about writers and the constrictions of conventions placed on them by their preconceptions of what writing should be. Rhymes should not be forced--even in forms that require certain rhyme schemes, the author should work very diligently to craft an effective use of rhyme.
Poems generally have a rhythm, but they don't always have a rhyme. That's because rhyme is not the most important element of a poem. Instead, a poem should convey (express) an emotion or an image, something we can feel or see (or touch or hear or taste). Poetry has become recognizable for rhyme, but it's certainly not a requirement.
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