Definition of rhyme scheme in English:

rhyme scheme

noun

  • The ordered pattern of rhymes at the ends of the lines of a poem or verse.

    • ‘‘Terza rima is when the poem is divided into tercets with a sonnet rhyme scheme,’ she said, giving him what she thought was an encouraging smile.’
    • ‘With a traditional ballad you may notice the rhyme scheme or alliteration.’
    • ‘I remember holding a book, and it had my poem called ‘My Seashell,’ and it had something like an a-a-b-b-c-c rhyme scheme, but most importantly it was written in English.’
    • ‘Its intricate rhyme scheme has six stanzas of seven lines each in a sequence of AAABBCC.’
    • ‘It has a Donne-like stanza, with lines of irregular length and an invented rhyme scheme, Donne's colloquial diction, his abruptness of entry, and his subject, ambivalence about departure.’
    • ‘I mean, let's see you write three to four thousand of these monstrous stanzas, with their sinewy ababbcbcc rhyme scheme and closing alexandrine.’
    • ‘These began, very simply, by being 10 sonnets, all with the same rhyme scheme.’
    • ‘Similarly, each paragraph/poem in ‘Contra Mortem’ also adheres to the metrical pattern above and a strict rhyme scheme throughout.’
    • ‘The rhyme scheme is AAB CCB and from verse five to the end the poem changes viewpoint from third into first person as it turns into a prayer to Mary, for her to reunite the writer with Christ.’
    • ‘The use of sound, incorporated within the rhyme scheme, forms the essence of his poetry and is therefore more than just the poetic tool of onomatopoeia and draws an instant response.’
    • ‘Ironically, this is one of the few poems in which Salinas uses a conventional rhyme scheme; he thus mimics and mocks traditional poetic form even as he utilizes it to write about unconventional content.’
    • ‘Instead of a rhyme scheme, the words at line end in the first stanza recur according to a preordained arrangement in the subsequent sexains and in the envoy.’
    • ‘They want poems loaded with abstractions, with a rhyme scheme, that conveys ‘emotion’ in the most basic ways.’
    • ‘The rhyme scheme of their poems is rather loose.’
    • ‘Most of them rely heavily on the traditional rhyme scheme of abcb often coupled with very short lines.’
    • ‘Bowyer has altered the rhyme scheme, simplifying the words ‘saieth’ and ‘faieth’ to ‘say’ and ‘fay,’ and she has removed the older form of learn, ‘lere.’’
    • ‘The ababcc rhyme scheme allows Southwell to set up a problem, or a set of paradoxes, in the quatrain and to appear to resolve it, or gather them together, in the couplet.’
    • ‘As its title indicates, this work catalogues every available poem known to have been printed or transcribed between 1559 and 1603, going on to describe each poem's location, length, rhyme scheme, stanzaic form, and topic.’
    • ‘The reply and counter-reply must be given in the form of a quatrain with a rhyme scheme of a-b-c-b.’
    • ‘In ‘Sin's Round,’ Herbert begins and ends the poem with a repetitive rhyme scheme emphasizing the human plight.’

Pronunciation:

rhyme scheme

/ˈrīm ˌskēm/