An interjection is a word or phrase that is most often used as an exclamation, such as wow, hey, or ugh, or sometimes used just to stall for time, such as uh, and er. The following list of interjections that rhyme with one another may come in handy for your own poems.
achoo, boo, boo-hoo, eww, no can do, ooh, phew, pooh, shoo, wahoo, whew, whoop-de-doo, woo, woo-hoo, yahoo
An onomatopoeia is a word whose sound is similar to the action it refers to, such as “buzz” or “hiss.” Using onomatopoetic words in a poem can help increase the sensory impact of the poem, creating vivid imagery because the words themselves evoke sounds as well as meaning.
More than once, I have found myself writing a poem where I needed to rhyme letters of the alphabet, or numbers, or both. For example, my poems Swimming Ool, Alphabet Break, and The Man from Planet X all rhyme letters of the alphabet with one another. If you ever find yourself writing a poem where you are rhyming letters or numbers, this short list might be useful to you.
Sometimes when you’re writing a rhyming poem, you may want to include a word or phrase that rhymes with itself, such as itsy-bitsy or super-duper. Also called “close rhymes,” these are what are known as “reduplicated” words or phrases. “Reduplication” is the term for words or phrases that are created by repeating sounds. Here is a list of rhyming reduplicated words and phrases that may come in handy to you sometime.
fight or flight
fun in the sun
high and dry
huffing and puffing
hustle and bustle
lean and mean
low and slow
make or break
might makes right
out and about
pedal to the metal
pie in the sky
pump and dump
quite a sight
rough and tough
shake and bake
steak ‘n shake
stop and shop
wear and tear
without a doubt
Non-Rhyming Reduplicated Words and Phrases
Some reduplicated words and phrases don’t quite rhyme because they contain different vowel sounds, such as ping-pong or zigzag. Technically, these are known as “ablaut reduplications.” Here is a list of reduplicated words and phrases that don’t rhyme.
If you are writing a poem, especially a list poem, that includes games or sports, you may find it useful to have a list of names of sports and games that rhyme. Here are a few that I have collected. These include sports, board games, card games, party games, and video games.
baton twirling / curling / hurling
bench press / chess
biking / hiking
blackjack / hacky sack / track / You Don’t Know Jack
Blockade / Old Maid
Candyland / marching band
canoeing / crewing / snowshoeing
capture the flag / tag
cheering / mountaineering / orienteering
Civilization / Operation / recreation
Clue / Taboo
dancing / lancing
decathlon / marathon / pentathlon / Pokémon / Settlers of Catan / triathlon
diving / driving
Donkey Kong / mahjong
gliding / riding / sliding
Go / hammer throw / javelin throw / kenpo / Pokémon Go / taekwondo
If you ever find yourself writing a poem that involves geographical locations — cities, states, countries, etc. — you may find it helpful to have a list of places that rhyme with one another. Here are some that you could use:
If you ever find yourself writing a poem that involves music, especially a list poem, you may find it helpful to have a list of musical instruments and musical terms that rhyme with one another. Here are some common ones that you could use:
Autoharp / harp / sharp
Bach / rock
Band / baby grand / band stand / grand / music stand
If you are writing a poem, especially a list poem, that includes things a person is wearing, you may find it useful to have a list of clothes, fabrics, and clothing accessories that rhyme. Here are a few that I have collected:
There have been many times that I have been writing a poem and needed a list of animal names that rhymed with one another. To make it easier, I have collected the following list of rhyming animal names. Feel free to use these in your own animal poems.
It has happened more than once that I have needed to rhyme various parts of human or animal anatomy – body parts – in a poem. Here is the list that I refer to when I need it. I hope you find it useful as well.