Robert Frost Poetry: Rhyme Schemes

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Rhyme Schemes of Robert Frost’s Poetry Jake Jelsone English 120-08 A rhyme is defined as a verse or poetry having correspondence in the terminal sounds of the lines. One of the best examples of a poet that mastered rhyming beautifully was Robert Frost. Robert Frost was one of the best poets of the twentieth century. He is highly admired for his work about rural life and command for the English language. While many poets like to free verse their poetry, Robert Frost normally does not. One of the main characteristics that contribute to why Robert Frost is such a good poet is his ability to develop rhyme schemes and the sense of rhythm it creates throughout his poetry. One of Robert Frost’s most famous poems, “The Road Not Taken”, …show more content…
Looking closer, however, you notice that he rhymes only certain lines, which also affects the rhythm of the entire poem. The rhyme scheme for the poem is as follows: A,B,A,C,D,E,D,C,B,F,E,F,G,E,H,G,E,H,B,I,I,B,J,E,K. Four of the first six lines do not have any sort of rhyming at all, so the poem seems to move relatively fast. However, the next three lines all rhyme previous lines in the poem, so it slows the poem down. The middle of the poem’s rhyme scheme gets very confusing, but the pace seems to remain pretty consistent until you hit lines twenty and twenty-one, where they are back-to-back rhymes. Through the entire poem, Frost does not use one set of lines with back-to-back rhymes. This comes as a shock, and it makes the reader stop and think, which slows down the rhythm tremendously. The last four lines alternates between rhymes with old lines and not rhyming, so the reader may not even recognize the connection to previous lines for the rhymes. The most important part of the entire rhyme scheme, though, is lines twenty and twenty-one. Creating only two consecutive lines rhyming through an entire poem puts the majority of the emphasis on these two lines. Frost created this rhyme scheme for a reason: to put emphasis on specific lines and slow down and speed up the reader as they moved through the poem as he desired. Throughout his poetry, Frost varies his poems from the most
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