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Poems Don't Have To Rhyme

Some old fashioned people will tell you that poetry has to rhyme.


Rhyming is great fun but sometimes if you try and make a poem rhyme when it doesn't want to it will sound forced and stupid and probably not make sense. There are loads of ways of writing poetry that doesn't rhyme.

Here are a few of my favourites


The haiku was invented in Japan. A haiku is usually three lines long made up of 17 syllables. The first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. And the third line has 5 syllables. So 5,7,5.

The great thing about haikus is that they don't need to tell a story. They are normally too short for that. So therefore they can just describe an object or a sound or scene without going into detail. However, don't think that because they are so short that they're easy to write. Every word counts and a bad line can't hide behind a clever rhyme.

Summer Holiday Haiku

The land is covered
In moonlight, and I'm covered
In mosquito bites.

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