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  1. Date: 1/3/2013 10:53:00 PM
    Becca, I, too, am a rhymer, but I love the challenge of diversifying. My few years here on the soup have helped me work on other types of poems and try to extend myself to other forms. Ironically enough, I think that by trying other forms of poetry, uncluding the free verse type, it has made me an even better rhymer! - If that makes any sense. My advice - keep rhyming - but throw yourself a challenge every now and then to try another form. Good or not - your mind will be the better for it. Regardless, just keep on putting pen to paper and good things will happen.

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  1. Date: 1/3/2013 12:55:00 PM
    I am just the opposite and have just begun learning how to rhyme and meter my works. Maybe we should work together.

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  1. Date: 1/3/2013 10:43:00 AM
    Rhyme or no rhyme just follow your heart, that's all.

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  1. Date: 1/3/2013 9:30:00 AM
    I LOVE rhyme! My free verse uses a combination of rhyme and all placement is INTENTIONAL. Assonance is also another wonderful device that soothes the rhymer when they venture into free verse. Brian said it best here, I think. Free verse is a misnomer. Poetry flows, but if it sounds exactly like everyday English, so conversational that it lacks all things poetic, than it is not poetry and is prose. Here is a great website with a list of rhyme you may like http://www.public.asu.edu/~aarios/formsofverse/furtherreading/page2.html You can use internal rhyme and satisfy the craving to make those words sing! I totally understand! ;-) Hugs Cyndi

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  1. Date: 1/3/2013 1:31:00 AM
    By the by Becca 'aint no such thing as so called 'free verse'.Most so described is 'prose' by another name).Whereas true 'open' form verse is where the metre of ‘classical’ poetry ,is replaced in open verse, by cadence in rhythm,line indentation ,with pauses implied by the syntax, thus the limiting factor of one human breath is naturally incorporated into this 'open' form genre.This latter aspect is essential to all verse (rhymed, blank,sonnet, 'open', all so called' free' inc haiku, monoku,cinqku, tanka, lanternes, cinquains, footles etc etc ) for poetry is an oral art form, composed to be read aloud or it is nothing.A creative New Year to you & all my PS peers.Rgds Brian

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  1. Date: 1/3/2013 1:18:00 AM
    Becca don't worry about it.Most artists and poets have 'periods' when certain genre dominate there 'vision' .The most well known was Picasso's 'Blue' period before he exhausted that style to move onto other genre.In poetry, as many 'old timers' here will verify I started with short forms and have had various 'obsessions' in style subsequently.Enjoy what you write , be who you are at this moment as a writer.Rgds Brian

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  1. Date: 1/2/2013 8:47:00 PM
    Well at least now I know I'm not alone in this. I was invited to a local free verse group and I love the people, but try as I might I just can't seen to find my fv groove. Rhyme always out. Trying new forms here had helped my overall skill, so do what u like and be proud. Poets here can be so helpful too.

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  1. Date: 1/2/2013 7:16:00 PM
    I think each of us write in a way that comes most naturally to our individual style. I love the challenge of contests for helping me write outside the box, but occasionally my poetry seems forced if I write what isn't my personal journey. Do try different forms, Becca, it stretches each of us to do that. But stay true to what you feel is your own "heart" ...and your poetry will always remain stunning and special because it reflects who you are.

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  1. Date: 1/2/2013 6:46:00 PM
    UT oh..yes I can share and love to help you! You have come to the right place to rhyme I'd say 85% of the poets here are rhymers. I used to had being asked to write to a form. I didn't even know what form I was writing in when I wrote. I started to learn here! Start at A in the form dictionary & work your way through the forms 1 at a time, its a BIG help.

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  1. Date: 1/2/2013 1:13:00 PM
    I am still hoping for the day that rhyme regains its status as a well- accepted form!!! It seems these days it only has that reputation on great poetry sites like Soup!

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  1. Date: 1/2/2013 1:11:00 PM
    Becca, this has been discussed a lot in the past. It just comes down to your taste, talents and what has influenced you. Though I adore a well written free verse, I seldom do one of my own because always mine sound "metered" even if unrhymed. In other words, "blank verse" which is not the same as free. I took an online poetry class in 2001. It really helped me identify the forms that worked best for me. This is what I recommend to new poets starting out: for them to explore all the options. They may discover a form out there in which they can really shine. For me it was sonnets. Then other forms I began to work with. With practice it all comes together. WE are what we are. Enjoy it ALL!

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  1. Date: 1/2/2013 12:54:00 PM
    Hi Becca I used to rhyme a lot (still do at times) try just writing your random thoughts down on paper and then arranging them in lines long then short and so-on regardless of their content and then and only then read the thing as a whole you will see a poem that just needs a little tweek here and there.....David

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  1. Date: 1/2/2013 12:33:00 PM
    I know the feeling Becca, I write everything in rhyme then have to alter it to whatever the contest says. When you find the answer pass the information to me. lol...Seren

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  1. Date: 1/2/2013 12:32:00 PM
    Hallo, Becca :-)....Not so long ago, I was asking myself a similar question, but only: "To Rhyme or not to Rhyme?" I wrote Golden Autumn to break the "bad habit". Since its success, I have published a book on some 50 odd poetry forms and wrote examples for each form. The contests here on PoertrySoup did help me to spread my wings and not to fall in a rut. You may check out my website and maybe it might be of some help to you: www.suzettecrous-poet.webs.com

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