Rhyming Patterns

Rhyme Scheme
The pattern that a poem follows based on the end rhyme of the poem, such as ABAB/CDCD

Exact Rhyme
When the sounds of the words rhyme “exactly,” such as “hands/stands/lands” in “The Eagle.”

Approximate or Slant Rhyme
When the sounds of the words closely rhyme, such as the words”soul/all” in the lines “That perches in the soul/And never stops at all” in Emily Dickenson’s “Hope is a thing with feathers.”

End Rhyme
Words that rhyme at the end of a line of poetry, as in “day/say” or “same/game” in “Casey at the Bat.”

Internal Rhyme
Words that rhyme inside a line of poetry, such as “Lazy days, daisies lay” in “Summer.”

Stanza
A group of lines forming the basic recurring metrical unit in a poem; a verse.

Free Verse
A poem that has no discernible rhyme scheme.