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Intro to Rhyme Scheme

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Kirsten Reed

on 22 March 2011

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The rhyme scheme is the pattern of rhyming lines in a poem. If a poem has an abab rhyme scheme, the first and third lines rhyme and the second and fourth lines rhyme. Rhyme is determined by sound, not spelling, so don’t get fooled. Which of these two pair of words rhyme?

puff / enough
through / though

Sounds that almost rhyme are called "slant rhymes" or "near rhymes" (for instance, "fat" and "can't"). Emily Dickinson is known to use slant rhyme often. EXAMPLES Rhyme scheme looks at the end of a line of poetry. The first end word is marked "a."

If the end word of the next line rhymes with the first line, then the second line is also marked "a." The enemy of Harry Potter (a)
Was a scheming plotter. (a)

rhyme scheme = aa If the end word of the next line does NOT rhyme with the previous line, then the next line is marked "b."

The enemy of Harry Potter (a)
Was a scheming plotter. (a)
I can't tell you what he's called; I'd be ashamed (b)
To name "he who must not be named." (b)

Rhyme Scheme: aabb Let's try finding the rhyme scheme of a poem! SICK
by Shel Silverstein

"I cannot go to school today,"
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
"I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I'm going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I've counted sixteen chicken pox
And there's one more--that's seventeen,
And don't you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut--my eyes are blue--
It might be instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I'm sure that my left leg is broke--
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button's caving in,
My back is wrenched, my ankle's sprained,
My 'pendix pains each time it rains.
My nose is cold, my toes are numb.
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow's bent, my spine ain't straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There is a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is--what?
What's that? What's that you say?
You say today is. . .Saturday?
G'bye, I'm going out to play!"
Let's do one that's a little more difficult! There once was a big brown cat
Who liked to eat a lot of mice.
He got all round and fat
Because they tasted so nice.
O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
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