Why is rhyme important in kids’ poetry?
Poetry has always been one of the primary ways of educating a child. It has been a medium to impart factual as well as moral education by knitting stories, that when narrated, sound like a pleasant song. Rhyme scheme plays a crucial role in kids’ poetry, creating the sing-song effect in a poem which immediately grasps the kids’ attention and even facilitates good memory and enunciation. To put it in a cliché, it is one of the methods of learning while having fun.
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What exactly is an AABB rhyme scheme?
AABB rhyme scheme is one of the simplest rhyme scheme that one comes across at the beginning of their relationship with poetry. Let’s get to know how this rhyme scheme works through the following four-line poem that resonates in our mind even as adults (because of the rhyme primarily)
“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
And all the king’s horses and all the king’s men Couldn’t put Humpty together again.”
Here, the words ‘wall’ and ‘fall’ rhyme in two consecutive lines, i.e. the stressed syllable of both the words are similar or the same. Similarly, the words ‘men’ and ‘again’ rhyme in the next two lines producing the musical affect in coming together of simple words.
Importance of AABB rhyme scheme:
AABB rhyme scheme is one of the most common rhyme scheme noticeable especially in kids’ poetry. In literary terms, it is often referred to as a rhyming couplet. This rhyme scheme comes in handy for various reasons especially while introducing your kid to the world of poetry. Some of these reasons are:
Even though most rhyme schemes produce a kind of rhythm in poems, it is AABB rhyme that gives them a musical touch that is instantly catchy and effectively attention grasping.
It is this rhyme scheme that makes it easiest for the kid to memorize the poem. Moreover, any text (even if it isn’t poetry), if constructed in this pattern of rhyme can be easily memorized by the kid. So, a knowledge of it comes in use regardless of the kid’s area of interest.
This rhyme scheme is easy to identify and even compose. Kids can be given an exercise to find certain rhyming words and compose a poem of their own.
Rhymes are often composed to create a certain kind of mood and AABB rhyme scheme creates a mood of fun and frolic especially suitable for kids. It is often used in verses meant for adults as well especially when it has to convey something comic or pleasant.
Some examples of AABB rhyme scheme in kids’ poetry
We have already looked at the example of the most famous AABB rhyme scheme poem above. Here are some more examples of the same:
- Twinkle Twinkle
“Twinkle Twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky.”
- The Wise Old Owl by Edwards Hersey Richards
“A wise old owl lived in an oak
The more he saw the less he spoke
The less he spoke the more he heard.
Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?”
- First Snow by Marie Louise Allen
“Snow makes whiteness where it falls.
The bushes look like popcorn balls.
And places where I always play
Look like somewhere else today.”
- One Two, Sky So Blue
Sky so blue.
The birds want more.
Watch clouds drift.
The moon is late.”
So get on with singing these peppy poems along with your kid and learn alongside!