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RHYME SCHEME How do you teach rhyme scheme of a poem to school children? do you put commas after the letters like a,a,b,b, or is it aabb  wanted to know the rhyme scheme of the poem Death be not proud by John Donne  

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litteacher8 eNotes educator | Certified Educator

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I do not include commas between stanzas.  Usually it is spaces.  As for how to teach students to indentify rhyme scheme, I have them say the last word in each line out line and begin just by reading the first line.  They then list the words that rhyme and internal and external rhyme.  This helps them to identify the scheme more easily.  Thumping it out with fists or feet helps too.

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The use of lower case letters is the only way I've ever seen rhyme scheme illustrated. I have, however, seen a comma between the representation of different stanzas such as: abba, cddc, abba. I'm still a little unclear about the use of a capital to indicate a line verbatim.

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I'm always careful of what I find on Wikipedia--haven't checked it against any other sources.

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I agree with mrsmonica.  I have always used lowercase (and have always seen it written that way in texts).  I had NO idea a capital letter was a verbatim line, though!  Interesting!  We're always learning, aren't we?!?  : )

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I always have used lowercase letters (abab) without commas. If you look up "rhyme scheme" in Wikipedia, the entry states that a capital letter (ababccD) indicates a line repeated verbatim.

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I agree with using lowercase letters with no commas. Just keep in mind that no matter how simple or matter of fact that method may seem, you're going to have students who still won't "get" it. I teach 10th graders, and there's always a couple who are baffled by how rhyme scheme works.