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Determine the rhyme scheme used here:
ABAB
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AABCCB
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Free Verse (No Rhyme Scheme)
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The rhyme scheme of a poem can often be determined by comparing the _____ word of each line in a poem.
final
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Free Verse
A type of poem that does not conform to a specific format or rhyme scheme
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ABAB, CDCD, EFEF, GG
The rhyme scheme used in a Shakespearean sonnet
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Rhyme Scheme
the pattern of rhyming words within a poem
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A rhyme scheme is a pattern of rhyming words within a poem, which can usually be identified by comparing the final word in each of the poem's lines. Rhyme schemes are usually identified by a sequence of letters, with each letter representing a line in the poem. Lines that rhyme receive the same letter. If the rhyme scheme is identified as ABCB, that means there are four lines, and lines 2 and 4 rhyme. Lines 1 and 3 ('A' and 'C') do not rhyme with each other, nor do they rhyme with lines 2 and 4.

To identify the rhyme scheme of a poem, start with the first line. Identify it as 'A.' Then go through the poem looking for lines that rhyme with the first line. These should also be labelled 'A.' Once you have gone through the whole poem and identified all the 'A' lines, go back to the beginning, and start with a new line. Label this line 'B.' Then go through the rest of the poem again and find the lines that rhyme with this line. Label them 'B' as well. Continue using this strategy for the whole poem until all of the lines have been labelled.

Finding rhyme schemes can be tricky. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Instead of using letters to identify rhyming lines, you may consider highlighting them with colored highlighters or pens. Rhyming lines should be highlighted in the same color.
  • The cards in this deck use exact rhymes, like 'cat' and 'hat.' However, you may encounter poems in your studies that have similar sounding words that are meant to follow a rhyme scheme, but aren't exact rhymes. These are called slant rhymes, or near rhymes. An example of this might be the words 'moon' and 'gone.' Sometimes slant rhymes are used to give the author of the poem more freedom within the confines of a rhyme scheme. Sometimes it's simply a difference in pronunciation between the reader and the author.
  • Some poems follow a rhyme scheme for the entirety of the poem. Some poems may have a six-line stanza with an ABABAB rhyme scheme, followed by a four-line stanza with a CCDD rhyme scheme. Some poems have no format or rhyme scheme at all (-this is known as free verse). That's the beauty of poetry! The construction of a poem is completely up to its author.
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Rhyme Scheme
the pattern of rhyming words within a poem
ABAB, CDCD, EFEF, GG
The rhyme scheme used in a Shakespearean sonnet
Free Verse
A type of poem that does not conform to a specific format or rhyme scheme
The rhyme scheme of a poem can often be determined by comparing the _____ word of each line in a poem.
final
Determine the rhyme scheme used here:
Free Verse (No Rhyme Scheme)
Determine the rhyme scheme used here:
Free Verse (No Rhyme Scheme)
Determine the rhyme scheme used here:
AABCCB
Determine the rhyme scheme used here:
ABAB
Determine the rhyme scheme used here:
ABCB
Determine the rhyme scheme used here:
AAAA
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AABCCB
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AABCCD
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AAAA
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ABCB
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AABB
Determine the rhyme scheme used here:
AABB

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