A poet is not one who can compose poetry -the highest, noblest, art form ~it is one who is so exalted that can passionately feel what can be beautifully expressed as poem. The techniques, which are many, do not make poetry -they, mostly, at best, enhance it ~similarly to this, that no amount of skill in mixing colours, no matter how much technique in application of the paints on the canvas, would necessarily, or ever on its own could, make an artist or a beautiful painting. Do u need technique in order to compose poems. Many books and courses on poetry will tell you about techniques, and many will, indeed, regard them essential in writing poetry. Poetry is the expression of the poet's passion beautifully -it is not something fixed Do the verses have to rhyme? Technically speaking, no. Technically a poem is simply elevated composition in prose or verse -beautifully written prose can also be called a poem ~poetry is the expression of elevated or beautiful thought or imagination or feeling in appropriate language. What is elevated..? It is picturesque or lyrical -or high winded language ~ it is expression in prose or verse of the kind that does justice in making the passion of a thought or imagination or feeling be transferred as excitedly as felt to another… What is beautiful..? It is the quality that delights… And appropriate language? In language that the reader will understand as well as that is acceptable and will not put the reader off by belittling in the reader's eyes the composer of the elevated and/or beautiful prose or verse as lacking in manners or as so ignorant as to be incapable of expression in other than by use of e.g. 'four-letter' words if there does not exit between the poet and the reader such intimacy. What do u say guys....is Rhyming important?