Rhyme Scheme

Rhyme scheme is the arrangement of rhyme at the end of lines
in a verse, stanza and poem. Thus the first stanza of "If It Could Speak..." is abab:

     If the cannon ball could speak, a
     What would the projectile say? b
     Did it from a barrel streak  a
     With puff of smoke in fray? b

The Italian sonnet is composed of an eight-line stanza, followed
by a six-line one. The rhyme scheme is abbaabba, then often cdecde.

The typical English sonnet is organized with three four-line stanzas, followed by a two-line stanza. The rhyme scheme for the English version is  abab cdcd efef gg.


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