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What Are Rhymes?

Rhymes are the building blocks of poetry. They are also a building block of prose. A rhyme is a pairing of sounds in two or more words. A rhyme is a repetitive structure of sounds in certain positions of verse. Rhymes are often used to make it easier to remember poems.

One of the things you realize in writing is that a lot of what we count as 'fact' is actually much closer to 'rhyme.' Rhymes have a long history. They used to appear in many works of literature, and even today they are the basis for much poetry. You can think of rhymes as sort of compressed synonyms. The rhyming word gives you some sense of what the other word means (though it's not identical).