Visual Rhymes

What is Rhyme?

Rhyme is Important Part of English Language

by JR Paquet

Rhyme is an interesting part of language which can be used in a variety of different ways. Often, it is used in poetry to make a point. However, one can also make a catchy slogan by using humorous words to create a message. Rhyme is an essential part of the English language and we use it all the time, whether we are consciously aware of it or not. What is rhyme? That is a very good question, and in this guide, we will provide an in-depth analysis of Rhyme and its purposes.

Description of Rhyme
What exactly is rhyme? Simply stated, Rhyme is an element used in the English language that puts similar sounding words together to get a point across. Typically, the ending of the words sound the same, however, the beginning can sound the same in certain situations, depending on the author's overall intentions.

Rhyme can also be characterized in and of itself as a type of poem. When someone asks you to tell them a nursery rhyme, they are asking you to recite a children's poem to them which has rhyming qualities in it.

Why is Rhyme Used?
People can use rhyme for many different reasons. No matter where or how it is used, the primary intention is the same: to get a point across. You see it in political slogans, advertisements, poems, and nearly everything in life that requires a witty statement to get your attention. That is just the point of rhyme: it sounds catchy and pleasing, so people remember it better.

Rhyme can also be used as a great method of memorization. If you need to study for an important test and there is something that you are having difficulty remembering, try to turn it into a rhyme. You may find that it is generally easier to remember the facts you need when they are in rhyme form than in anything else.

Type of Rhymes
Many different types of rhymes exist. Depending on the author's intention, one or many types of rhyme may often be employed in the same piece of writing. Here is a brief rundown of the different types of rhyme:

  • Perfect
    a perfect rhyme is based on the number of syllables which exist within the rhyme. Typically, the stressed syllable of the last word in the rhyme dictates whether or not you have a perfect rhyme.
  • General
    general rhymes are what we hear more commonly in the world around us. There are many different classifications of general rhymes, but these are just basically characterized by similar sounding words which help to convey a particular point or message.

Example of English Rhymes Here is one example of some common English rhymes:

"Tis the gift to be simple, tis the gift to be free, tis the gift to come down where we ought to be."

Rhyme is a very interesting concept which can be used in a variety of different ways to convey a special message or point.

About Author
JR Paquet, product head of Rhyming Dictionary and German Visual Thesaurus. Please visit his sites: and