What is the difference between poem and rhyme?

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  1. horizonz profile image61
    horizonzposted 12 years ago

    What is the difference between poem and rhyme?

    1. alohacareless profile image43
      alohacarelessposted 3 years agoin reply to this


  2. nu-flowerchild profile image60
    nu-flowerchildposted 12 years ago

    There is no difference. Rhyme is poetry. It's a part of the genre.

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      Ali-Mostofizadehposted 12 years ago


      Rhymes and poems are both "Poetry". They are same in the view of poetry. In my opinion, there is only a tinny difference here!

      Actually, rhyme is a poem. but I think not all the poems can be considered as "rhymes". In other words, "poem" is further generalized definition of all the genres of poetry including rhymes.
      I think, poems are deeper than rhymes. More feeling and emotional, much information, more concepts to release.
      On the other hand, rhymes, in my memory, are simple rhythmical pieces; skin-deep! Read this rhyme:

      One, two, that is my shoe!
      Three, four, open the door!
      Five, six, pick up sticks.........

      Not all the rhymes are simple or childish like this, but the rhythm sounds perfect for singing or telling children some stories or teaching something!


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      Tanmoy Acharyaposted 12 years ago

      The difference between poem and rhyme is just as similar as the difference between science and chemistry.

      There is no comparison; it's illogical to compare a part to the whole.

      By the way, a rhyme is a poem which has meter: that is, it has the repetition of the same or similar sounds at the end of two or more words most often at the ends of lines.

      Meter is just another fancy tool in the toolbox of a poet. It's not mandatory to have them pasted on every poem. Poetry is a product of the unconscious mind, and is most effective when a poet just places that on a paper, without much pedantic modifications from his part. It comes with it's own set of rhythm, and verbal music.

      Hope this was helpful smile

      1. The Heurist profile image82
        The Heuristposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        A poem doesn't have to rhyme and a rhyme isn't necessarily a poem.
        A rhyme does have to rhyme, though.

        My own interpretation is that a poem usually has a message, a point or a feeling. A rhyme can be much looser and in some ways more frivolous I g

    3. goego profile image82
      goegoposted 7 years ago

      a poem is 4, and rhyme has five?   

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    4. JBeadle profile image80
      JBeadleposted 7 years ago

      I don't know what the difference is but I know many of my poems don't rhyme and the ones that rhyme more are usually songs.

    5. Thefrustratedwrit profile image58
      Thefrustratedwritposted 7 years ago

      I just remember a kind of poem that is called: FREE VERSE.

    6. MarySEW profile image74
      MarySEWposted 7 years ago

      What I have come to understand is that a poem and rhyme are both of the same catagory, but one is more specific than the other. Think of it like this: a rectangle is still a square, but more specifically a rectangle; ryhme is still poem but more specifically ryhme.

    7. WannaB Writer profile image88
      WannaB Writerposted 6 years ago

      I wrote an entire blog post on this. It might have even been a Hub first. It's true that not every poem rhymes, but I don't believe that all rhymes are poetry. Poetry uses many different poetic devices -- rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, assonance, figurative language, etc. to make something pleasing to the ear to which the emotions will respond in some way. Verse is pleasing to the ear and the sounds are fun to write and hear, but some verses leave the emotions untouched. That is my opinion.

      Professionals disagree on the meaning of poetry. Some agree with me; some don't. I guess poetry is whatever the writter deems it to be.

    8. VoiceOfCreation profile image61
      VoiceOfCreationposted 6 years ago

      Rhymes are a tool that can be used in any form of writing. A lot of what makes poetry, "poetry" is how it is formatted. To be honest, I used to have a really strict definition for what I thought poetry should be, but it seems like anything with line breaks can be considered "poetry" these days. I guess what I am trying to say is that in a world where we have adopted "free-verse," almost anything goes. I mean, they even have this rad melding of the two extremes called "Prose Poetry" where you write things in a "flowery" poetic manner, but instead of line breaks and stanzas, you write in paragraph form.

      I do, however, believe that just because something contains line breaks, it doesn't mean it's poetry.

      To be honest, I think it's up for interpretation, though, given that the rules have changed so much over the years.

    9. Murray Coulter profile image61
      Murray Coulterposted 4 years ago

      I am a writer of Christian poetry and most of my writings rhyme. e.g.

      Salvation Ship
                                             written by murray coulter

      Look out upon the sea of life, and way up in the cloud
      Do you see my Captain coming golden trumpets sounding loud?
      He’s sailing on a wooden ship; every heart of man’s his port.
      There are multitudes of angels and other ships as his escort.

      She’s a ship of many colors; salvation is her mighty bow,
      The ships’ clock on the starboard side says the appointed time is now.
      Please my friend I hope and pray that you will learn.
      For there’s a great white throne riding on a dreadful judgement stern.

      Look! That rugged cross upon the mast so high,
      With sails of blood stained linen, filled with our Savior's cry.
      She doesn’t need a breath of wind, nor some appointed hour,
      For in her is the word of God for all her glorious power.

      When this ship comes to your port won’t you please take my advice?
      Give your heart unto this Captain he has paid the sacrifice.
      You won’t need any baggage for all will be supplied,
      Crowns and brilliant raiment for our eternal ride.

      I’m sailing on this wooden ship the weather here is fine,
      My Captain sets the course and I’m not worried for he’s mine.

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      Kenechukwu Obiposted 3 years ago

      Intriguing and interesting. The first poem of this kind i have ever read. Unique!

    11. EL Doll profile image83
      EL Dollposted 3 years ago

      A poem is a form of writing. Rhyme is mostly a tool, but can also be used to describe a type of poem. Rhyme and Poem aren't the same because poems don't have to rhyme. It's like how every square is a rectangle but a rectangle is not a square

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      Renuka50posted 3 years ago

      A poem is a piece of writing in which the expression of feeling and ideas are formed. Where as in rhymes when the ending parts of two words sound the same or nearly the same.


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