RHYME LIKE THE EXPERTS is a PDF booklet to help would be writers of rhyme do just that.
Written simply it explains concepts such as…
- WORD STRESS
- METRICAL FEET
- COMMON MISTAKES
While it doesn’t use an abundance of techinical or complicated language it does introduce you to some poetic terms.
For example, did you know that the English language natually contains words that can be described as Iambs?
An Iamb is a cluster of two syllables or language sounds that comprise one unstressed syllable followed by one stressed syllable.
Iambic words would include…
On my poetry tips blog I have likend writing iambic verse to knitting (scroll down to Tip 3), knit one, pearl one…
And to give an example of a verse written in iambic pentameter [where pentameter = 5 iambic feet (syllable chunks)]
Here’s one I prepared earlier…
I’ve searched and searched my archives deepest files
It’s taken quite substantial blocks of time
And though I’ve written verse in range of styles
Iambic pent-a-meter’s not my rhyme
Below is what I call a syllable grid – which illustrates which syllables are stressed and which are not – thus revealing the pattern or meter.