Dear devoted poets,
Now that you understand what end rhymes are and how to describe and use rhyme schemes, you are ready to learn the different types of rhymes you can employ in your poetry.
We’ll look at the main ones only for now.
Here we go.
Perfect Rhymes or Full Rhymes or True Rhymes
When the stressed vowels and any succeeding consonants are identical.
Perfect rhymes are very commonly used and are easily recognizable.
Robert Frost for example uses perfect rhymes in many of his poems.
Here is one example:
Imperfect Rhymes or slant rhymes or half rhymes
When either the vowels or the consonants of stressed syllables are identical.
Slant rhymes also refer to similar syllables at the end of words.
Imperfect or slant rhymes are less obvious to the ear as perfect rhymes.
One example is from “Hope is the Thing With Feathers” by Emily Dickinson.
When a word within a line has the same sound as another word on the line.
A good example is from “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe. See how here he extends the rhyme on the next line.
Eye Rhymes or Visual Rhymes or Sight Rhymes
An eye rhyme happens when the ending of words are spelled similarly but pronounced differently.
In this poem by William Wordsworth, “Dove” and “love” for example are eye rhymes.
They have the “look” of rhymes but not the “sound”.