Differentiate an end rhyme/ internal rhyme,
slant rhyme/eye rhyme, and masculine
Identify and label different rhyme schemes in
Emphasize the rhyme scheme of the poem in
It is the repetition of the last stressed vowel
sound and all the sounds that follow it in two
or more words.
earth – birth - worth
treasure – pleasure – leisure
Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Star- are High-sky
Rhyming words that appear only at the end of
the lines of poems
Ex. I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
Rhyming words that appear within the lines
Ex. “ the crows in boughs throws endless brawls”
Eye rhyme: words that look alike but sound
Bough, Cough, Through, Enough
Slant rhyme: Also known as near rhyme (or
half rhyme, weak rhyme, or imperfect rhyme),
these rhymes aren't quite… rhymes.
Example: sun- noon, dear-door
(The words sound similar, but they aren't close
enough to make a full rhyme.)
Double rhymes (formerly called "feminine
rhyme"): Rhymes using words of two syllables
in which the heavy stress falls on the first
syllable. Also called trochaic rhymes.
Examples: SEAsons-REAsons, HABit-RABbit
Masculine Rhymes: rhymes that are a single
stressed syllable at the very END of a line in
Examples: thEE-sprEE, proDUCED- reDUCED
• It is a pattern that describes where
the rhyming words fall within a given
stanza or verse.
• Rhyme schemes do not tell you
anything about meter or line lengths,
they only outline the number of, and
placement of rhymed words.
• Rhyme Schemes are represented by
letters. Each letter in the Rhyme
Scheme represents one line in the
poem or story.
• Repeated letters indicate Rhymes.
The Box to the right
shows an ABAB Rhyme
Scheme. This indicates
that there are two
rhymes in the Stanza.
The Rhyme denoted by
the letter A falls on the
first and third lines and
the Rhyme denoted by
the letter B falls on the
second and fourth lines.
The box to the left
shows an ABCB Rhyme
Scheme. The first and
third lines do not rhyme,
hence the use of
different letters to
represent those lines (A
Both of these Rhyme Schemes are
called Alternate Line Rhyme Schemes
because, you know, the rhyme is
on alternate lines.
The most common type of Rhyme Scheme
is the Rhyming Couplet. A couplet is a
two line Stanza, so there is only one place
for those two rhymed words to
fall. Rhyming Couplets can be repeated or
they can be mixed with other Rhyme
Schemes for a more complex structure.
The box to the right
shows a series of
which are depicted
like this: AA BB CC,
Rhymed Tercets would
be depicted like so:
AAA BBB CCC.
A Rhyme Scheme is usually repeated in
each Stanza of a given work, so if the first
Stanza is an ABAB, generally the
subsequent Stanzas are also. But it
doesn’t have to be.
Look at the Stanza below. It’s from John
Lithgow’s Farkle McBride (Alladin 2000). The
Rhyme Scheme is ABAAAB.
There is no official list of
acceptable Rhyme Schemes,
anybody can make one up.
At the Un-National Monument Along the Canadian Border
This is the field where the battle did not happen,
where the unknown soldier did not die.
This is the field where grass joined hands,
where no monument stands,
and the only heroic thing is the sky.
Birds fly here without any sound,
unfolding their wings across the open.
No people killed — or were killed — on this ground
hallowed by neglect and an air so tame
that people celebrate it by forgetting its name.
1. Identify the position of rhymes in the following poetry
A. Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
B. Then took the other, as just as fair,
c. No where by thee my steps shall be
2. Identify the types of rhymes in the following pairs of
A. Grown- Gown
C. pillar- stellar
D. avarice- trice
E. Best- just
F. Watch- scotch
I. Indict- predict
Group 1- Read the poem the Seven Ages of Man
and spot the words that rhyme. Make a list of
these rhyming words and determine which
examples of internal rhymes and end rhymes are.
Group 2- Give 2 pairs of the following, slant
rhymes, eye rhymes, masculine rhyme, and
Group 3- Identify the rhyme scheme of the
Group 4- Think of a song, write the lyrics, and
identify its rhyme scheme.
1. Which words rhyme in the following stanza?
No motion has she now, no force;
She neither hears nor sees;
Rolled round in earth’s diurnal course,
With rocks, and stones and trees.
2. Which of the following pairs of words do not form a
today – away
braid – brain
boast – toast
drink – pink
3. Which of the following pairs of words isn’t a feminine
daughter – water
along – belong
voted – quoted
tension – pension
4. Which of the following pairs of words is an eye rhyme?
head – dead
receive – deceive
tricky – sticky
allow – bough
5. Pick out the pair of internal rhyme.
“Eagerly I wished the morrow; – vainly I had sought to borrow.”
6. Identify the rhyme scheme of the poem. (5points)
by William Butler Yeats
Although you hide in the ebb and flow
Of the pale tide when the moon has set,
The people of coming days will know
About the casting out of my net,
And how you have leaped times out of mind
Over the little silver cords,
And think that you were hard and unkind,
And blame you with many bitter words.