Monday, March 4, 2013

Max Tell / Rhyme / Unlimited aaa Rhyme Scheme


This is Max Tell with my 11th writing game to give the poems you write for kids a unique personal flair and a bit of a bite. Teachers are invited to use these games to encourage their student to write poems of their own.

Note: A reference to 'poems' also includes songs. A reference to 'songs' refers only to song writing.

A special thanks to Sheree Fitch who inspired 'Koetry for Pids'.

Today's topic:

Writing a poem with a repeating AAAA rhyme scheme.
A few weeks ago, I read a poem based on a recurring AAAA rhyme scheme, know as monorhyme, common in Latin and Arabic poetry. If you have not studied rhyme, many poems are based on an ABAB rhyme scheme. In other words, the third line rhymes with the first and the fourth line rhymes with the second, as in this example:

Mary had a pretty bird
Feathers bright and yellow,
Slender legs, upon my word,
He was a pretty fellow.

- Mother Goose

In an AAAA rhyme scheme, all lines rhyme. I thought, well, I have to try that. But I also wanted to see how many times I could keep the rhyme going and still keep the integrity of the poem. The following, What Can I Say, was the result.

What Can I Say

What can I say?
It's a very fine day
to say what I say,
and this is the way.
Dogs may bray
but that's OK,
while a poem today,
I write in play.
"Down by the bay,
while in Bombay,
the sky wasn't grey,
it was sunny all day.
As my friend Ray
walked into the fray
in a light-hearted way,
gone his toupee."
A poem, I pray,
I've written today
outside a cafe
while a tree did sway.
At the end of the day
I'll take me away,
this day in May,
and hit the hay. 
- Max Tell

Now it's your turn. Write your own poem with an AAAA rhyme scheme. 

Make sure you choose a rhyme that gives you lots of rhyming possibilities. Trying to write a long poem with every line rhyming with 'house', 'horse', or 'moose' would be extremely difficult, if not impossible. 

I have at least four rhyming dictionaries of my own, but I also use RhymeZone.

Now, start writing. Have fun, I did.

Don't forget to share your poems with family and friends. And don't forget to edit, edit, edit.

For more of Max's poems, check out The Land of Graws.


Next week's topic: 
End-Rhyme on an Action Word

What poetry question would you like answered? Point of View? Rhyme? Something of your choice? Student questions are also welcome. Your comments below would be greatly appreciated.

Bye for now and see you soon.

Have a great writing day.

Love writing, but love editing more.


  1. Oh what can you say
    You stupid lil verse wanna make me laugh the stupidness all away
    If you start some shit then ill have to grab my lyrical ak