What are some interesting verse poetry topics

Components of the poem

A poem consists of several components, for which there are technical terms.

  • The individual sections of a poem are called verse. * The individual lines of a stanza are called Verses (Singular: verse).
  • At the end of a verse you will often find Rhyming words.

Now you can find out what different rhymes there are.

The couple rhyme

Couple rhyme is a very well-known rhyme scheme that you can find quite often in nursery rhymes or counting rhymes. This is because the pair rhyme is very simple and also has a very catchy rhyme scheme.

The pattern of the pair rhyme is: aabb.

The words with the same or almost the same sound follow one another directly, like a pair, so to speak.

… to run
… to buy
… leap
… to sing

To help you, you can mark the rhyming words in different colors.
Below is an example of a couple rhyme in a poem by Goethe.

Restless love

Johann Wolfgang Goethe

a The snow, the rain,
a towards the wind,
b in the battle of the rifts
b through mist scents
c always closed! Always closed!
c Without rest and peace!

The rhyme of the cross

Another well-known rhyme scheme is the cross rhyme. We encounter the cross rhyme in numerous poems from different times.

The pattern of the cross rhyme is: abab.

The first and third as well as the second and fourth words rhyme with each other. When you draw connecting lines from one rhyming word to another, the lines will cross.

… to run
… leap
… to buy
… to sing

Below is another example poem with cross rhyme.

Gingko biloba

Johann Wolfgang Goethe

a This tree leaf that comes from the east
b Entrusted to my garden,
a Gives a secret sense to taste
b How it builds those who know.

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The embracing rhyme

The embracing rhyme is a rhyme scheme made up of a specific sequence of ending rhymes. The embracing rhyme is formed from at least three verses, whereby the outer lines of verse enclose the inner lines or just “hug”.

The pattern of the embracing rhyme is: degrad.

The first and last, as well as the second and third words, rhyme. When you draw connecting lines from one rhyming word to another, it looks like the first and last verses are hugging the two rhyming words in the middle.

… to run
… leap
… to sing
… to buy

And here again an example poem.

Tame Xenia

Johann Wolfgang Goethe

a I call you, disreputable word
b To order on the day:
b Because weights, rascals of this kind,
a They always work.


At the end of a verse you will often find rhyming words that, when related, make up the rhyme scheme. One differentiates among others. between …

  • Pair rhyme
  • Cross rhyme
  • Hugging rhyme

The rhyme scheme is determined by using lowercase letters at the end of the verse. You proceed according to the alphabet.

If you connect the same lowercase letters with lines, you can see the rhyme scheme quite well.