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Rhythm, Meter, and Rhyming!. Rhyming Patterns. Couplet: 2 lines that rhyme Quatrain: 4 lines total Lines 1 and 3 rhyme Lines 2 and 4 rhyme ( abab ). Couplet Poem. Across the sky they seem to flow As wind and currents gently blow.

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rhyming patterns
Rhyming Patterns
  • Couplet:
    • 2 lines that rhyme
  • Quatrain:
    • 4 lines total
    • Lines 1 and 3 rhyme
    • Lines 2 and 4 rhyme
    • (abab)
couplet poem
Couplet Poem

Across the sky they seem to flowAs wind and currents gently blow.

The cumulus clouds in the sky,Fluffy, white, and ever so high.

Their shapes and forms are most complexNumbering at least a googolplex.

by Rebecca Wiggins


High in the bright blue sky A bird soared silently on the breezeI saw him as he flew byAnd wondered how he flew with such ease





  • Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets altogether
    • Speaker is male
    • Chief subject is love
  • 14 lines total
    • abab– cdcd – efef - gg
  • Uses iambic pentameter
    • Each line has 10 syllables
iambic pentameter
Iambic Pentameter
  • An “iamb” is a weak word or syllable followed by a strong word or syllable (da-DUM).
  • The weak/strong pair is called a foot.
  • Five feet make up a line.

Infected be the air whereon they ride:

And damn’d be them that trust them! I did hear”


sonnet 18
Sonnet #18

Shall I compare thee to a Summer's day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

And Summer's lease hath all too short a date:

Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,

And oft' is his gold complexion dimm'd;

And every fair from fair sometime declines,

By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd:

But thy eternal Summer shall not fade

Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;

Nor shall Death brag thou wanderest in his shade,

When in eternal lines to time thou growest:

So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,

So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.