Rhyming Schemes

There are many different ways to make your poem cool, and one of them is mixing up the rhyme scheme. From the classic A-C, B-D rhyme scheme to the complex (and damned hard, let me tell you) ones where every line of a stanza rhymes, it's quite interesting to see what one can come up with.
Which sort of scheme are you folks partial to?

I myself like what I call "This Vicious Cabaret" rhyming (i.e. The first three lines of each stanza rhyme, and the last line rhymes the the last line of the next one).
Just an example I came up with.

He wades through the grotesque pools of gore
In death all alike, the rich and the poor
Joyful and gay, smiling evermore
The skeletons happily free from the strife

On each corpse is obvious each cut, tear, and rend
Some may be heroes, while most just pretend
He laughs at the struggle, the inevitable end
Each a pointless death to end a pointless life

If you want a challenge, try to write a villainelle that doesn't suck ass.

A few years ago, I wrote a villainelle about war that was pretty good. It was for a school project... I don't know what I did with it after that.

lol
I wrote a sonnet about Fallout 3
I'll post it after the holidays, perhaps.
my teacher has to read it first

I am no poet, but I am a freethinker of the viral type. Big people dont like my type. We make people stop and think. Unless theyre ignorant. But, Here goes a KOAN of mine.. no particular effigy, of course.

That is/as I/he/us walk/crawl/stride across this great Time/era/epoch.

In our futility/spirit we/you may/not regain control of events.

I wrote some awesome poems to make fun a friend a ways back, unfortunately in Swedish, so I can't share them. No, wait. Two friends, and one of them twice, for their birthdays.

Ah... Those were the days. Not that it was that long ago, they just haven't had a birthday in a while.

For some reason, whenever I hear the "A, B, A, B" rhyming scheme in a stanza, it grates on my nerves. Something about it just doesn't sit right with me.

However, using words within lines to alternate rhymes I have no problem with, such as "AB, AB, CD, CD" or even better, "AB, AB, CB, CB." One variant I often see in Sondheim's musicals is stanzas in the form "AAB, AAB, CCB, CCB," which I really like.

One of my favorites is what I call the "Mrs. Lovett" method, a variant of the "AAB, AAB" format where A's are rhyming words, but B's are actually the same word or couple of words.

Mostly, it's alternating endings to lines I hate, but I have no problem with "ABC, ABC, DEF, DEF," and I really like "ABC, ABC, DEC, DEC"

I like iambs, but I act in Shakespeare so I get a bit tired of them, I really enjoy dactyls. Although sometimes I like a line system that starts out with one iamb and follows that with several dactyls. I can't think of any good examples at the moment, though.

I like that AAAB, CCCB rhyme scheme as well. ABAB just doesn't really work for me.

ABAB can be a bit hard to work without a thesaurus, however it's what I use on the few occasions I'm called upon to write a poem.

In primary school, I could do a mean acrostic.

The Sorrow:
There are many different ways to make your poem cool, and one of them is mixing up the rhyme scheme. From the classic A-C, B-D rhyme scheme to the complex (and damned hard, let me tell you) ones where every line of a stanza rhymes, it's quite interesting to see what one can come up with.
Which sort of scheme are you folks partial to?

I myself like what I call "This Vicious Cabaret" rhyming (i.e. The first three lines of each stanza rhyme, and the last line rhymes the the last line of the next one).
Just an example I came up with.

He wades through the grotesque pools of gore
In death all alike, the rich and the poor
Joyful and gay, smiling evermore
The skeletons happily free from the strife

On each corpse is obvious each cut, tear, and rend
Some may be heroes, while most just pretend
He laughs at the struggle, the inevitable end
Each a pointless death to end a pointless life

Death Metal much? The lryics themselves are alright. I personally dont really pay attention the vocal patterns, whether or not the lyrics rhyme doesnt change if a song is good or not. However, they can make a song better to listen to.

 

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