Every March 3rd, the Poet’s Day is commemorated, to pay tribute to the birth of the first national bard of Cuba, Bonifacio Byrne Puñales and to all the transformers in verses of the joys and sorrows of life. And I ask him: Do you know how to rhyme? Some simple tips facilitate this interest, although I clarify, and I say it from my own experience,
I am a poet and I do not rhyme, perhaps I could find related words I even have a dictionary, but from that to linking the meaning of what is said, it goes a long way , I don’t have that gift. I slip between metaphors in free verse. Rhyme has what we might call strict laws.
I offer you some suggestions: Rhyme is the repetition of a sequence of phonemes starting from the stressed syllable at the end of two or more verses. • It is established from the last stressed vowel, including this one.Sometimes not all the verses rhyme. • The consonant or perfect rhyme occurs when all the phonemes from the stressed vowel coincide; for example, in «Every fool / confuses value and price» the final words must rhyme, according to the chosen stanza. •
In the assonance or imperfect rhyme the vowels coincide, but there is at least one consonant that does not coincide; for example, «Bird in hand is better / than a hundred flying» (rhymes in á-o). • Often times, two words that rhyme in consonant, such as «way» and «destiny», «luck» and «death» or «heaven» and «ground» are also semantically linked by analogy, antithesis or contiguity.
The poet who composes with consonant rhyme is continually finding or inventing a significant relationship between the terms that chance gives him related. In that is his mastery. However I know that many would like to perfect his skill, so I add the video for him to enjoy.
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