Rhyme-when the ending parts of two words sound the same or nearly the same.
In poetry, rhyme scheme refers to the pattern of rhyming words at the ends of the lines of poetry. The word at the end of the first line is labeled with an "A," and when that sound is repeated, it is also labeled an "A." The second sound is a "B," and all other words at the end of the lines that make that sound are also given a "B."
Sometimes, rhyme does not have to be at the end of a line. It can be within the line of poetry as well.
Rhyme is used to give the poem a rhythm and cadence. This makes poetry different from prose.
Little Boy Blue, come blow your horn.
The sheep's in the meadow, the cow's in the corn.
Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells and pretty maids all in a row.
Jack and Jill ran up the hill to fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after.
Whose woods these are, I think I know.
His house is in the village, though.
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near. (Robert Frost, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening")
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, but sun and candle light.
I love thee freely as men strive for right.
I love thee purely as they turn from praise.