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Rhyme is to a poem as melody is to a song.
It's the sweet music to which written words belong.
Rhymes with meter makes the poem musical,
A kind of of word connection that is quite magical.
Read aloud it gives readers predictable pleasure,
And poems with rhyme are remembered for sure.
Without rhyme poems sound like mere declarations,
Or just monologues said in dream situations.
Like a stage where actors perform in silent mime,
Such is the existence of a poem without rhyme.
Cynthia Buhain-Baello ~~~09.13.17
"Rhyme is the matching up of sounds and syllables, usually at the end of lines. External rhyme is the rhyming of words at the end of lines. Shel Silverstein's poetry is a great example of this. And "The Raven," by Edgar Allan Poe, incorporates internal rhyme in "Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary." This means that two words rhyme within the same line, in this case dreary and weary.
Why is Rhyme Important?
Rhyme functions in much the same way as rhythm. It keeps the poem in harmony, and a rhyme scheme helps the audience to understand what is coming. Discerning the rhyme scheme is important because the pattern brings the poem to life and helps the audience feel connected."
(Source : "The Pen and The Pad" - "Why Are Rhythm and Rhyme Important in Poems? by Kathryne Bradesca)