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How to Rhyme

Rhyme is created by repeating the terminal vowel sound in a word. You can easily make rhymes in English by following these suggestions.


  • Step 1: Listen for examples Listen for examples of rhyme in poems and popular songs.
  • TIP: Rhymes beginning with different consonants – or a vowel and a consonant – are preferred. Two words with the same sound but different spellings and meanings such as "pail" and "pale" are considered weak rhymes.
  • Step 2: Find complete words that rhyme Find words whose sound duplicates the sound in a second word, for example, "make" and "cake."
  • TIP: Consult a rhyming dictionary if you get stuck. Rhyming dictionaries are available both as published books and as free web-based applications.
  • Step 3: Find words and last syllables that rhyme Find words that have the same sounds as the last syllables of other words, for example, "make" and "awake."
  • Step 4: Find words with two last syllables that rhyme Find words whose last syllables have the same sound as the last syllable of a second word, for example, "forsake" and "awake."
  • FACT: Collections of nursery rhymes began to appear in the 18th century when teaching morality to children became a major social concern.

You Will Need

  • Poems
  • Popular songs
  • Rhyming schemes
  • A rhyming dictionary (optional)

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