Rhyme Scheme Examples

Rhyme Scheme

The pattern of rhymes at the end of the lines of a poem is called the rhyme scheme. The rhyme scheme is denoted using letters.

Examples of Rhyme Scheme:

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick.
Jack jump over a candle stick.

The rhyme scheme for these two lines would be AA because "quick" and "stick" rhyme.


Row, row, row the boat
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.

The rhyme scheme of these lines would be ABCB because "stream" and "dream" rhyme.

Examples from Literature:

The rhyme scheme for each set of lines is noted at the end of the lines.

"The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, A
And sorry I could not travel both B
And be one traveler, long I stood A
And looked down one as far as I could A
To where it bent in the undergrowth. B

"Sonnet 130" by William Shakespeare

My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun; A
Coral is far more red than her lips' red; B
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun; A
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head. B
I have seen roses damasked, red and white, C
But no such roses see I in her cheeks; D
And in some purfumes is there more delight C
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks. D
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know E
That music hath a far more pleasing sound; F
I grant I never saw a goddess go; E
My mistress when she walks treads on the ground. F
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare G
As any she belied with false compare. G

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