Rhyming words are defined as two or more words that have similar or the same sound at the end. If any two (or more) words rhyme, it means it sounds similar. It may be expressed as a repeating pattern that makes the text sound interesting, musical and pleasing.
1. mat - hat
2. time - mime
3. bill - drill
4. goat - coat - moat
5. spare - care - mare - dare
Rhyming words have been used in poetry to establish the rhythm of the language. It makes it easier to understand the poetry, learn similar sounding words and breaks the monotony of big texts. It has been used so much that in fact, that short poems have been termed as "rhymes" to make it appealing to kids.
Let us list down the uses of rhyming words:
- Helps to understand the structure of the English language.
- Makes the text sound pleasing, musical, interesting, and breaks the monotony.
- Helps to understand the patters of rhythms.
- Helps the students to remember words easily and thereby predict new words.
- Arouses interest to try writing poems.
- Differentiates prose from poetry - eases the process of memorization.
It is important to note that while most poems have rhymes and rhythmic patterns, there are poems that do not have any rhyme. Such poems are called free verses and are not within the limitations and restrictions of rhythmic poetry.
A detailed list of rhyming words can be found here.