Saturday, October 19, 2013
Poetry Prompt Day 19 - Rhyming Verse
The simplest form of rhyming verse is just four lines and the last word of the second line rhymes with the last word of the fourth line.
I shoot the hippopotamus
With bullets made of platinum
Cause if I use the leaden ones
His hide is sure to flatten them.
The next rhyming scheme is where the rhymes go a,b,a,b.
I hate doing laundry
But there is worse;
Like the difficulty
Of rhyming verse.
And then there are rhyming couplets that go a,a,b,b, etc.
Is not a bad way
To learn at last
You're a thing of the past.
And then there is a form called the clerihew which is a four line poem in rhyming couplets but the first line must be someone's name.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Shook like a jelly
When in the night time
His wife read him Frankenstein.
And finally, for those who like a bit of fun, there's always the limerick.
They tell of a hunter named Shepherd
Who was eaten for lunch by a leopard.
Said the leopard "Egad!
You'd have been tastier lad,
If you had been salted and peppered!"
So no matter what form you decide to go for or if you want to stick with blank verse the most important thing is to have fun with it!