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Rhyme Scheme

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Rebekka Burt

on 13 February 2015

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Transcript of Rhyme Scheme

Discovering Rhyme Patterns
I can...
Identify and analyze rhyme scheme in various forms
connect the text to the world
Why is rhyme used?
What is rhyme scheme?
Rhyme can be used to emphasize certain words or ideas as well as link various parts of a poem together.
Rhyme scheme is the regular pattern used throughout a poem
Rhyme schemes are labeled according to their rhyme sounds
The following short poem illustrates the labeling of a rhyme scheme.

There once was a big brown cat a
That liked to eat a lot of mice. b
He got all round and fat a
Because they tasted so nice. b

Rhyme scheme explains the rhyming patterns within poems

The above poem illustrates the rhyme scheme of ABAB
In your notebooks...
Take notes on rhyme scheme on Page 3 (even if your definitions took 2 pages)
Title it "Rhyme Pattern Rules."
Review definitions of simile and metaphor
Simile- figure of speech using "like" or "as" to compare one thing to another
Metaphor- figure of speech actually saying that one thing IS another.
Take your seats, please...
Take out your journal.
Today's Prompt:
Do you believe there are some rules that should be broken? Which ones? Why?
Practice Individually:
Here's a sonnet by Shakespeare. Can you identify the rhyme scheme?

My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun; (a)
Coral is far more red than her lips' red; (?)
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;(?)
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.(?)
I have seen roses damask'd, red and white,(?)
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;(?)
And in some perfumes is there more delight(?)
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.(?)
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know (?)
That music hath a far more pleasing sound; (?)
I grant I never saw a goddess go; (?)
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground: (?)
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare (?)
As any she belied with false compare. (?)
Practice as a class:
Can you figure out the rhyme scheme in this poem by Edward Lear (1812-1888)?

There was an old man of the coast
Who placidly sat on a post
But when it was cold
He relinquished his hold
And called for some hot buttered toast.
Time to get up...
Take your notebook along with you and look through various poem books
Write down 2-3 poems that you find that have different rhyme schemes (similes and metaphors included are bonus!)
Make sure you label what the scheme is!
You have 5 minutes to do this.... GO!
5 minutes- Share
Analyzing the Rhyme Scheme...
Rhyme verse Rhythm
Rhyme is the repetition of the same or similar sounds
Rhythm gives a poem its sound
Rhyming couplets- AABBCC
Free Verse- no definite rhyme, lines varying in length, and no regular beat or meter
Blank Verse- is constructed with unrhymed (therefore blank) lines, but has rhythm
Quick Notes on Poetry:
Terms to Refresh...
Stanza- A group of lines in a poem
Meter- A line in poetry
Rhyme- The repetition of the same or similar sounds
Types of Rhyme:
End Rhyme- Rhyming of the final words of lines in a poem
Example: from Seamus Heaney’s “Digging” :
Under my window, a clean rasping
When the spade sinks into gravelly

Internal Rhyme- Rhyming of two words within the same line of poetry.
Example: from Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” :
Once upon a midnight
, while I pondered, weak and
Types of Stanzas:
Couplet- 2 line stanza
Tercet or Triplet- 3 line stanza
Quatrain- 4 line stanza
Quintet- 5 line stanza
Sestet- 6 line stanza
Septet- 7 line stanza
written by Pharrell Williams
Think that you hate poetry??
Listen to this popular poem and tell me what the patterns are!
I can...
Identify and analyze rhyme scheme in various forms
Connect the text to the world

The basic rhyme schemes:
axaa or aaxa
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