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Activity Discussion Grammar & Vocabulary How to find rhyming scheme?

  • Gyaneshwari

    May 10, 2021 at 2:49 pm
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    A rhyme is the repetition of similar sounding syllables, generally at the end of two words. In a poem, the rhyme scheme refers to the pattern of rhyming words found within lines of a poem. While the rhyme scheme specifically refers to the pattern of end rhymes, other types of rhymes, including feminine rhymes and internal rhymes, exist in poetry

    Finding End Rhyme Scheme

    Read the first line of the poem and highlight the last word in your first color.

    Read the second line of the poem to determine whether the last syllable of the line matches — in sound — the first line.

    Highlight the second line in the same color as the first line for a similar sound or highlight in a second color for a different sound.

    Repeat the third step with the next line of the poem.

    Label the matching sounds with the same letter. For example, all sounds matching the first line are labeled “A” while all sounds matching the second sound are labeled “B.”

    Write the rhyme scheme based on the number of different end syllable sounds. ABAB is an example of a common rhyme scheme indicating that the first and third lines end in the same sound while the second and fourth lines end in the same syllable.

    Here are the 8 most common ones used. There are other types as well.

    Alternate rhyme: it rhymes as “ABAB CDCD EFEF GHGH.”

    Ballade: It contains three stanzas with rhyme scheme of “ABABBCBC” followed by “BCBC.”

    Monorhyme: It is a poem in which every line uses the same rhyme scheme.

    Couplet: It contains two line stanzas with “A, A,” rhyme scheme that often appears as “A,A, B,B, C,C and D,D…”

    Triplet: It often repeats like a couplet, uses rhyme scheme of “AAA.”

    Enclosed rhyme: It uses rhyme scheme of “ABBA”

    Keats Odes rhyme scheme: In his famous odes, Keats has used a specific rhyme scheme, which is “ABABCDECDE.”

    Limerick: A poem uses five lines with rhyme scheme of “AABBA.”


    Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

    Twinkle, twinkle, little star, (A)

    How I wonder what you are. (A)

    Up above the world so high, (B)

    Like a diamond in the sky. (B)

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