The Vanity of Human Wishes Questions and Answers
by Samuel Johnson

Start Your Free Trial

What is the rhyme scheme in "The Vanity of Human Wishes" by Samuel Johnson?

Expert Answers info

booboosmoosh eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2003

write4,119 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

Rhyme schemes basically identify sounds at the end of lines in poetry, with a letter assigned for each new sound.

Shakespearean (also known as Elizabethan) sonnets have the rhyme scheme of ABAB CDCD EFEF GG.

Italian (also known as Petrarchan) sonnets have the rhyme scheme of ABBA ABBA CDE CDE (though there are other forms of this kind of sonnet).

The Spenserian sonnet's rhyme scheme is ABAB BCBC CDCD EE.

To understand the rhyme scheme, it helps to remember that each...

(The entire section contains 261 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial