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Tools for Poets - Rhyming Dictionaries and Other References

Poets! Do you need a rhyming word for the line you’re working on? The outline for a poetic form you want to try? Here are some of the online tools you need when you’re polishing a poem.

Poetry Apps
Apps designed to help you write poems on your smart phone or iPad — these new-fangled tools bring the ancient art into our 21st century devices.

Poetry HowTos
An essential set of tools -- not for writing poems, but for memorizing them, finding the ones you can’t quite remember, presenting them in a reading series, submitting the ones you’ve written for publication....

A Poet’s Ideal Library: Dictionaries/General References
Dictionaries and general reference works that belong in a poet's library, suggested by Jim Finnegan and the members of the NewPoetry discussion list.

Alcor Rhyming Dictionaries
Alcor is a small Australian firm that has created rhyming dictionaries in 20 languages, from Afrikaans to Yiddish, all of which you can try online.

AnalogX Rhyme
There are lots of system & music tools at AnalogX, including this free, downloadable Windows program which will suggest rhymes for any of 100,000 words.

Glossary of Poetic Forms
If you’re into sonnets or pantoums, haiku or limericks, visit our glossary, which is stocked with concise definitions of various kinds of formal poetries, with links for further reading.

Glossary of Poetic Terms
Robert G. Shubinski, creator of Bob’s Byway, offers an extensive cross-referenced dictionary of poetry lingo.

Online Etymology Dictionary
Douglas Harper’s Online Etymology Dictionary is a labor of love, “a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English” compiled from a whole library of source dictionaries -- a free & wonderful resource for musing poets who wish to follow their words’ trails through historical usage.

Online Rhyming Dictionary
WriteExpress would like to sell you the CD version of their rhyming dictionary, but will let you use their online rhymer free. Bookmark this page for the next time you are stumped for the right rhyme: end rhymes, beginning rhymes, double or triple rhymes are all here.

Visual Thesaurus
The Visual Thesaurus offers the same browsing pleasures as Roget’s, but rather than flipping pages to follow the trails of related words, you watch the words dance on your screen & explore the branching linguistic paths by clicking. (This is a commercial site, intended to sell subscriptions, but you can try out the online edition for free.)

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