OK, there’s only one week of Poetry Month left ~ so for those of you who LOVE rhyming poems ~ this is your lucky day! There are NUMEROUS patterns to rhyming poems, the use of end rhymes where the last sound of the end word in one line of poetry rhymes with the last sound of the end word in another line of poetry.
Here are a couple of FREE resources you can use to find rhyming words – just type in the word in the box, click, and poof ~ a rhyming word appears:
And if you want to do a deep dive into rhyming, I suggest this website: Study Smarter - Rhymes (pop-ups on here will want you to pay for a membership – just click somewhere else on the page and they should go away. Or click on the X in the upper right corner of that type of pop-up. You do not need to pay to read this page ~ and just keep scrolling until you can go no further – lots of info here). Or, just keep reading here and do the simple rhyming scheme we are doing today.
And if you’re a crazy person and you REALLY need to know all about rhymes – go here, but try not to get lost . . . SO many rhyming details:
Today we are going to keep things pretty simple and we will use the most common rhyming scheme:
a – b – a – b
This is where the words at the end of the first and third lines rhyme and the words at the end of the second and fourth line rhyme.
You should also try to keep the meters of lines ‘a’ the same as each other and the meters of line ‘b’ the same as each other. This can be done by counting syllables.
Here’s an example of a rhyming poem with an A-B-A-B scheme written by Louisa May Alcott (it’s in the Public Domain – so I can use it here).
Who Teaches Me
by Louisa May Alcott ©
To one who teaches me (A) [6 syllables]
The sweetness and the beauty (B) [7syllables]
Of doing faithfully (A) [6 syllables]
And cheerfully my duty." (B) [7syllables]
And here’s one that I wrote ~ just for fun:
In this little 4-line example I made up, you can see the end words in the first and third lines rhyme and they both lines have 5 beats (5 syllables). The end words in the second and fourth lines rhyme and both lines have 6 beats (6 syllables).
I went to the store (A) [5 syllables]
To buy a loaf of bread. (B) [6 syllables]
I found something more (A) [5 syllables]
“So typical,” I said. (B) [6 syllables]
© Stephanie Abney 2011
(Seems silly to copyright such a simple little sample verse but there you have it)
Here’s one I dashed off this morning ~ just a silly little “slice of life” poem. The older Jim and I get, the more cute and funny little routines we develop. He has a single sister, whom we adore, and one or two nights a week she’ll come over. We’ll have some dinner and then we play games. We laugh and laugh and in doing so, our bond increases and so this little rhyming poem came to mind:
We play a game of cards, (A) [6 syllables]
Jim, his sister, and me. (B) [6 syllables]
With laughter by the yards, (A) [6 syllables]
It’s just as things should be. (B) [6 syllables]
© Stephanie Abney 2023
Here’s your handy dandy syllable
counter if you need it:
You can just do four lines or you can create a longer poem by making several stanzas of four lines each, always rhyming lines one and three as well as lines two and four.
Also, note that with more than one verse, oftentimes the very last stanza can vary, or not, but all previous stanzas should follow the pattern.
*** Just a heads up: for tomorrow, spine poetry – making rhymes out of the titles found on the spines of books. This is always a fun one so be scanning your bookcases. Cheers!!
OK, off you go – rhyme away!!
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