Paul Revere's Ride Questions and Answers
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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I'm trying to find rhyme scheme on "Paul Revere's Ride". I'm running out of letters to assign to each line.What happens when you reach z?  

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Most sources I've read over the years as a student and teacher advocate doubling up on the letters should you run out.  Therefore, once you've assigned "z" to the end of a line, you would then assign an "aa" to the next line that introduces a new ending sound.  Looking at the opening lines of the poem, it is not difficult to see why one would quickly run out of letters when assigning rhyme scheme:

LISTEN, my children, and you shall hear A
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere ,

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ohsospicy1 | Student

Thanks for this answer. Using this same knowlegde I guess if we use up all the double letter schemes like "zz" then we could move on to "aaa" I assume.