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    need help with slant rhymes

  • #2
    Slant rhymes can be an interesting side of poetry for sure!

    Poetry, in general, is defined primarily by rhythm followed closely by rhyme. While poetic rhythm can take and combine many forms: Syllabic based (Haiku), word based (Nonet), vowel stress (Iambic) etc. Poetic rhyme also has several tools available to it. Slant, or partial, rhymes isn't a poetry form so much as an additional tool to create poetry.

    While a full rhyme includes both the final consonant and vowel sounds (Gloom, Room, Tomb) the slant rhyme may only take one of the two (Piano, canto, hallow, basso, alto).

    Finding slant rhymes can sometimes be harder than finding full rhymes but can be well worth it. You can use rhymezone's 'near rhyme' search to find partial rhymes, if you find a sound you like but not the word you need, you can further click that 'near rhyme' and try searching that word again to find partial rhymes that are even farther from your original word but match what you want--'table --> bible --> idle. Table and Idle (or Idol).

    One thing to be aware of, trying to force a slanted rhyme doesn't work as well in written poetry as it might in other forms, such as rap. The reader puts in their own rhythm and pronunciation and will likely not hear the same poem as you, the writer, hear.

    Example 1: Operatic Alteration
    While many sat in hallowed ground, one stood high in fabled gown.
    With sword held high the alto boomed, her canto through cathedral tuned.
    Yet winding true, the basso’s timbre… until she struck him countertenor.

    Last edited by Merkavah; 05-06-2016, 09:58 PM.

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    • #3
      Additional partial rhymes can be found by using consonantal families instead of the exact consonant of your full rhyme.

      Stop Examples: p, t, c, k, q along with b, d, g
      Fricative Examples: th, f, v, (guttural h) and Sibilant Fricatives: S, sh, z
      Affricate Examples: ch, j, dj, and tz
      Nasal Examples: m, n
      Flap Examples: tt, dd
      Approximate Examples: Glide: y, w, and Liquid: l, r

      These are just a few examples that can be used to create interesting partial rhymes. The more you explore languages the more interesting they can become.

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      • #4
        Hi Martyphoto, They say that W.B. Yeats was the master of slant rhyme, but for my money its Emily Dickinson.

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