Rhyming and poetry for beginners

? Haribo makes children happy? and adults as well? Why has this old advertising slogan burned so deeply into the collective memory? Quite simply: because it rhymes. Although the advertising industry now considers the good old rhyme obsolete, it has lost nothing of its effect. Reason enough to take a closer look at rhymes and poems. Or, to put it in verse:

TheFruitAndFlowerBasket seems the right place
also the rhymed word
on the Waag? to lay out of gold
(not least of the tip because of)

From the heart and pain

Pop singers, or more precisely their copywriters, know about the magic of the rhyming word. They rhyme out hell, no matter if the old masters of the genre, like Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, turn in the grave. When the Wildecker Herzbuben spit from the depths of their impressive biomass:


Herzilein
you do not have to be sad
I know
you do not like to be alone
and it was only the wine that was to blame?

This brings tears to my eyes. And with the best of intentions, these are not tears of emotion. Nevertheless, this cuddly drives its rhyming barbs deep into the cerebral cortex and tightens there. Resistance is futile. Who once ?Breathless through the night? is rushed, knows, that he can not breathe again until A new day awakens?, Where? Night? and? awake? at least have a logical connection and thus already belong to the more intelligent rhymes. Thank Helene.

Children love rhymes

Pedagogy has been using the phenomenon of rhyme for a long time. Children love rhymes, and behaviors in verse have a much longer half-life in the child's memory than mere exhortations. Already Heinrich Hoffmann wrote in his 1845 published? Struwwelpeter ?: Knife, fork, shear? and light? are not for little kids. " One may argue about the pedagogical meaning or nonsense of this statement. But it is undisputed that the saying is still familiar even after 172 years.


As a former educator, I was able to experience first-hand the fascination of rhymes with children. If the "little, little spider? for the tenth time at the ? Gutter? crawling up, it quickly becomes clear: the popularity of a rhyme with children increases in proportion to the number of repetitions. Also completely meaningless rhymes are the Renner. This is particularly evident in the countless variants of counting rhymes. Eene meene minke manke pink panke use bake you eia weia away?to give just one example.

Dens for beginners

There are many opportunities where self-explanations are well received. Just think of weddings, laid paper speeches, subscriptions, birthday cards, love letters or TheFruitAndFlowerBasket tips. Anyone who would like to try himself as a poet (new German for poet), will search in vain for a real guide. It's a little bit like riding a bicycle: often falling down to get out and about at some point. If you would like to practice this with support wheels, you can fall back on so-called rhyming spas, which are also available on the internet. There you enter a term to which all matching rhyming words are displayed. An example: //www.lyrikecke.de/reimlexikon

The rhyme scheme

It is easiest to start with a clear rhyme scheme. Especially the pair rhyme and the Kreuzreim are a good practice field for newcomers. The pair rhyme follows the scheme AABB. This means: lines one and two, and lines three and four rhyme. A well-known example is the? Erlkönig? from Goethe:


Who rides so late through night and wind?
It is the father with his child;
He probably has the boy in his arms,
He takes hold of him, he keeps him warm.

At the cross rhyme finds the rhyme scheme ABAB use. Also an example from the poem "Farewell"? our famous poet's father:

Too sweet to break a word,
Too hard the well-recognized duty
And unfortunately, you can not promise anything
What contradicts our heart.

The meter or meter

Here I really only want to scratch the theoretical surface, everything else leads to Jambus, Trochaeus or Daktylus. This may concern Germanists, for writing of utility poetry you do not need this knowledge. The important thing is that a poem, no matter what meter, should have a rhythm. This means that the individual words of a poem line must be read rhythmically accentuated. Artistic freedom prevails and words may be shortened or alienated to fit into the rhythmic pattern (see Waag? Instead of Libra in the introduction above).

Exercise makes the poet

As in any art form, the same applies to poetry: One percent of inspiration comes to 99 percent transpiration. Meaning, anyone who practices enough will eventually be able to write appealing rhymes, verses or poems.

Will not succeed in the beginning,
to put the words into poetry,
you have to wrestle with them,
until they all fit in the end.

(© Kriss J)

In this sense: happy dens.Hopefully your attempts will find their way here in the comments.

How to Rhyme - A Poetry Lesson for Primary Grades | January 2024