How do you make a poem without rhyme?


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Recently I just learned about the play Romeo and Juliet, and what makes the poetry flow like that is the amount of syllables have a certain pattern or beat to it.

As you can see in this poem you have listed, the pattern is 10, 11, 11, 10. But-soft-what-light-through-yon-der-win-dow-breaks? This has 10 syllables. You just count them off, and have a pattern that flows like this. The next is 11 syllables, so is the one after, and finally the last is back to 10 like the first.

Hope this helps! I know this has helped with some of my poetry, so helpfully it will help you too. :)
canucksgirl4 years ago
Poems without rhymes is often called free verse poetry. Music is a type of lyrical poetry and doesn't usually have any rhymes either. What makes them different is the "flow" that they have. When you read aloud a non-rhyming poem and compare that to a short story, you can hear the difference in how the 2 sound. The poem should have a kind of rhythm, whereas a story does not usually strive to have that feel to it.

A great example would be from a Shakespeare play:

But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief...
AndyGadget4 years ago

Look at Dylan Thomas' "Light breaks where no sun shines".  No rhymes but many almost rhymes and the poem is driven along by the rhythm until that final "halts" which stops the poem dead.

I know it's a song, but have a read of the lyrics of Simon and Garfunkel's "America" .  Nothing rhymes, but the imagery of the story is wonderful.

No rhymes - You've got free reign to play with the line structure and word sounds without having to force the poem into a rhyming framework.  Go wild!  (And let us know what you come up with #;¬)
Kiteman4 years ago
Often, the hardest
Part of the poetic trade
Is making it rhyme.

Traditional forms,
With strict rules and requirements,
Make life easier.

Occasionally,
Such rules can be broken with great effect.
c.f.
The Ballad of Mel the Real Programmer.
rickharris4 years ago
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prose
kelseymh4 years ago
By using words
which don't sound
similar to one
another. And by
putting line
breaks in unusual
places.
iceng kelseymh4 years ago
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