Rhyming is a very common and useful literary device in songwriting. It is a way to help your song flow and sound more connected. Rhyming is also useful for keeping your listeners interested in your song.
For songwriting, rhyming is useful for keeping you, as a songwriter, on your toes. It helps keep you creative by holding you in a literary trap to keep the pattern going. Rhyming helps songwriters come up with new and interesting ways to explain/say the same thing.
There are many different ways of rhyming not just the familiar sing, wing and way, say. Here are 10 different ways of rhyming!
- Assonant Rhyming: rhyming vowels, not consonants. (tip, limp and bowl, home)
- Consonant Rhyming: rhyming consonants, not vowels. (bell, ball)
- Eye Rhyming: Look, not sound. (move, love and food and good)
- Head Rhyming: Same consonant at the start of a word. (blue, blow)
- Light Rhyming: One rhyming syllable is stressed. (frog, dialog)
- Near Rhyming: The final consonants rhyme, but not the final vowels. (bent, rant)
- Rich Rhyming: The words sound the same but mean different things. (break, brake)
- Semi-rhyme Rhyming: there is an expat syllable on one word of the rhyme. (mend, ending)
- Syllabic Rhyming: The last syllable rhymes. (beaver, silver)
- Wrenched Rhyming: Rhymes a stressed with an unstressed syllable. (caring, wing and lady, bee)