2.11 The Breakdown

This overview is old hat for some of you but may clear up rhyme scheme confusion for others. Let’s do a brief example. If the word at the end of line one is red (or any word), you put the letter a after it. If line two ends with a word that doesn’t rhyme with red, like meal you write the letter b. If line three ends with the word shed, since that rhymes with the rhyme red, put an a after shed. If line four ends with the word “deal” which rhymes with the “meal” mark it with a b after line four. If the entire poem maintains a similar pattern, like lines 5 & 7 rhyme with great, that’s a c and lines 6 & 8 rhyme with door since door doesn’t rhyme with any of the other lines, that’s a d line, and so on. That rhyme scheme would be called the a/b/a/b rhyme scheme if it maintains that pattern all the way through. This is also called an alternate rhyme scheme. Let’s take a look at the formatting of some rhyme schemes, shall we?

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