While Ezra Pound is largely credited with starting the free verse poetry movement that created more relaxed style requirements and eliminated the wide-spread use of formal poetry, there are still plenty of aficionados out there who firmly believe that all poetry should rhyme. These are ten of the reasons they use to support their argument, and reasons why some believe that rhyming poetry is far superior to its free-verse brethren.
Despite adherents like the Queen’s English Society, which demands that all poetry rhyme in order to be recognized as such, most poetry publishers balk at printing formal, rhyming poetry. In fact, the submission guidelines of some of the more popular poetry publications clearly state that rhyming poetry will not be considered. If you don’t plan to publish the poems you write, these ten reasons are more than enough to justify a refusal to write free verse poetry.