Thursdays are dog days!
A flea will never write a book, it’s true.
There’s none by fleas for me to read to you.
To write its name would take a flea all day.
What could a flea, so tiny, have to say?
And would you want to read it anyway?
I think that I would rather eat a shoe.
A lot of poetry written for kids has very simple A-B-A-B or A-B-C-B rhyme schemes, including my own. This means that every other line rhymes or every second and fourth line rhymes. This one has a rhyme scheme of A-A-B-B-B-A, where the first, second and last lines rhyme with each other as do the third, fourth and fifth.
This poem also uses something called iambic pentameter; each line has ten beats and the beats follow a pattern like “bah BUM bah BUM bah BUM bah BUM bah BUM”.
Rhythm and meter are as important to a poem as the end rhymes, and just as poems would be boring if they all had the same rhymes every time, it’s good to vary the beats, length and rhyme scheme. If you don’t know what those poetry terms mean, or you want to learn more about meter and rhyme schemes, ask your reading teacher to explain!
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