I have this thing where i am like omg all my poetry has to rhyme or it's bad. Then i was reading a bunch of other people's poems and they were free verse. Is a poem better when it rhymes or not? I need opinions!
A lot of people believe that modern poems should NOT rhyme, as focusing on rhyme can detract from the message or the language of the poem. I think this is bollocks, personally, if you want to rhyme your poem go ahead.
I think, basically, rhyme can be a useful tool in poetry if used well, however, rhyme is not a neccessity, and sometimes it's easier to just no bother rhyming
It's far from dead, even in America, if you consider modern lyrics/ song writing and its huge appeal. If you like rhyme, continue to explore what comes naturally to you, while reading classic examples of poetry from the archives: http://allpoetry.com/classics
There you will find what sounds good to you and start to pick up on techniques without even really knowing what they are (kind of by osmosis)
You can also challenge yourself by trying to write for contests that call for specific examples of rhyme schemes and styles. In this way, you will begin to be aware of all the types of rhyme there are.
The original question "Is a poem better when it rhymes or not?" doesn't have a "real" answer, only the opinions of the reader concerning the words of the writer.
So, for what it's worth, here is my opinion...
It is easier to write verses without rhyme/rhythm than with. However many verses without rhyme/rhythm are just a long list of emotional flashing with no connection to the reader.
I think most examples of "Free Verse" are just plain bad, as the "poets" don't understand the requirements and without the signposts of rhyme/rhythm are just creating a list of thoughts.
But those lucky souls who can do it well can produce works with flow and meaning and transcendental beauty not constrained by syllabic accounting or forced end rhymes.
But that doesn't mean that rhyme/rhythm is better. Many verses with rhyme/rhythm are pedestrian, forced, clunky or just plain bad. However, as above, when done well it can make the heart sing, and lets face it most songs are constructed with rhyme/rhythm.
I think that rhyme/rhythm can be used as a framework for ideas and will therefore help to produce adequate poetry. Whereas freeverse is much harder to do well.
So my conclusion is:-
Rhyme/rhythm can be bad, merely adequate or very good.
Freeverse is mostly bad but can be very good.
By the way, the Celts were over here in Germany long before they got to Ireland.
At any rate, I believe that the gift of rhyme is present in many people, handed down through genetic memory, like the ability to draw or to sing. And I thought this long before I discovered other poet's (Like the Welsh poet Robert Graves') opinion on it. Rhyme can also "come to you" unbidden in dreams, as well.
No, that does not follow. Why would anyone say that poetry lacks grammar? Graves himself said:
"Every English poet should master the rules of grammar before he attempts to bend or break them."
(by the way, I don't really agree with that. lol)
What I am talking about is what he states when asked: "Are they [poets] people who perhaps feel a greater wisdom, through the instincts or the senses?"
Graves' answer: "I think it's probably memory, some inherited bardic memory."http://net.lib.byu.edu/english/WWI/influence/graves.html
I personally think that a rhyming poem generally sounds more whimsical, and non-rhyming poems seem more serious. I love both!
I don't like it when poems rhyme too much. Then it just sounds cheesy.
Poetry is good when it has a rhythm. Free verse can flow and sound nice as well, but rhyming, alliteration, assonance, and all the other forms of sound should stay in poetry I think.
I like to rhyme because it makes me analyze what I'm saying. Poetry is like psycho-analysis for me. Sometimes when I don't have a pen and I'm thinking of poems, it helps to remember if it rhymes.
I did not read all the other comments so I may be repeating something already said. And of course, what you are getting here is my personal opinion. I'm 65 years old and I started out writing bad poetry that rhymed. Reading my earlier poems is embarrassing. But I think if a set of words conveys what the poet wants to convey, it's poetry. I don't like all of it. I prefer complete sentences with proper punctuation but I have read some really good poetry that did not follow what I prefer. I recognize free verse as poetry. It goes without saying (but here I am saying it anyway) not all free verse poems are "good". Just as not all rhyming poems are "good". Some of both are VERY good. Linda
as far as I know. You have no vision problems. Am I right? And I went back and made 3 of the words actually bold so you could see the difference.
Well, Victoria, excuse the indiscretion. I hope someone has answered your question, dear.