Poems with ABAB Rhyme Scheme: Examples & Definition


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What does it mean for a poem to have an ABAB rhyme scheme?

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1. Why do old rhyming poems sometimes seem not to follow rhyme schemes?

2. What is different about the last two lines of Shakespeare's sonnets?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will test your understanding of rhyme schemes used in poems. In order to pass the quiz, you'll need to know about the rhyme schemes of older poems, including Shakespeare's sonnets, how the ABAB rhyme scheme is written out, and other ways to organize poems.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The description of an ABAB rhyme scheme
  • Why older poems don't always seem to rhyme
  • Other ways poems can be organized besides rhyme scheme
  • The last two lines of Shakespeare's sonnets
  • The written structure of the ABAB rhyme scheme

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of rhyme scheme to answer questions about Shakespeare's sonnets
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of ABAB rhyming to answer questions about the structure of a poem
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how poems can be organized other than by rhyme scheme
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about older rhyming poems from the related ABAB rhyme scheme lesson

Additional Learning

Want to learn more about how poems are organized? Check out the corresponding lesson called Poems with ABAB Rhyme Scheme: Examples & Definition. This lesson will help you:

  • Contrast the ABAB rhyme scheme with the AABB rhyme scheme
  • Recognize use of the ABAB rhyme scheme in Robert Frost's 'Neither Out Far Nor In Deep' and in Shakespeare's 'Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?'
  • Define sonnet