2.14 Coupled Rhyme Scheme

aa bb cc dd ee ff gg…

This is an example of the couplet rhyme scheme. Read the following poem that uses the couplet rhyme scheme.

Activity: Leaves From Australian Forests – Dedication

By Henry Kendall

To her who, cast with me in trying days,  (a)
Stood in the place of health and power and praise;-  (a)
Who, when I thought all light was out, became  (b)
A lamp of hope that put my fears to shame;-  (b)
Who faced for love’s sole sake the life austere  (c)
That waits upon the man of letters here;-  (c)
Who, unawares, her deep affection showed,  (d)
By many a touching little wifely mode;-  (d)
Whose spirit, self-denying, dear, divine,  (e)
Its sorrows hid, so it might lessen mine, –  (e)
To her, my bright, best friend, I dedicate  (f)
This book of songs. ‘Twill help to compensate  (f)
For much neglect. The act, if not the rhyme,  (g)
Will touch her heart, and lead her to the time  (g)
Of trials past. That which is most intense  (h)
Within these leaves is of her influence;   (h)
And if aught here is sweetened with a tone  (i)
Sincere, like love, it came of love alone. (i)

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