Rhythm & Rhyme

While both prose and poetry may have rhythm and rhyme, they are most apparent in poetry. Rhythm is a sound pattern based on stressed and unstressed syllables. Rhyme is two or more words that have a corresponding sound, especially at the end of the word, as in “light” and “night.” Poets often place rhyming words at the end of a line, but they may also place them in the middle of a line, which is called interior rhyme.

Old Dog

With great big brown eyes And a heart pure and true, She wagged her long tail, While she looked at you. Let’s go for a walk, She tried to say. But you stared at your phone, And the dog went away. She brought you a toy, Trying to get you…

The Seagull

The seagull lives along the shore And flies above the ocean’s roar. His body gleams in gray and white Against the sky when he takes flight. The seagull doesn’t chirp or tweet when yet he finds a yummy treat. Instead, he makes a lonely cry that echoes out across the sky. The seagull skims the…

The Witch Tells Fortunes

Hallowe’en at Merryvale is a book about a group of boys who attend a Halloween party at the home of one of the boys. It takes place in the early 20th century in a small town called Merryvale. The boys are good friends,and most have nicknames: Reddy, Toad, Fat, etc.…

The House That Jack Built

This is the house that Jack built. This is the malt That lay in the house that Jack built. This is the rat, That ate the malt That lay in the house that Jack built. This is the cat, That killed the rat, That ate the malt That lay in…

Block City

What are you able to build with your blocks? Castles and palaces, temples and docks. Rain may keep raining, and others go roam, But I can be happy and building at home. Let the sofa be mountains, the carpet be sea, There I’ll establish a city for me: A kirk…

May Day

There comes a day In merry May When fairies play Together. The sun shines down And all around The tiny town There’s dancing. They beat their wings, The robin sings, And Nature brings Warm weather. Goodbye to snow! To Spring, hello! Cry fairies aglow And prancing.

Old King Cole

     Old King Cole      Was a merry old soul, And a merry old soul was he;      He called for his pipe,      And he called for his bowl, And he called for his fiddlers three! And every fiddler, he had a fine fiddle,       And a…

Romeo Meets Juliet

In this passage from Romeo and Juliet, Romeo first meets Juliet at a party held by her parents. Neither of them know who the other is; they are both the only children of feuding families. They are engaged in a flirtatious conversation. —————————————– Romeo. [To Juliet.] If I profane with…

The Story of Fidgety Philip

Let me see if Philip can Be a little gentleman Let me see, if he is able To sit still for once at table: Thus Papa bade Phil behave; And Mamma look’d very grave. But fidgety Phil, He won’t sit still; He wriggles and giggles, And then, I declare Swings…

My Shadow

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me, And what can be the use of him is more than I can see. He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head; And I see him jump before me, when I jump into…