# What is the rhyme scheme for "If" by Rudyard Kipling?

Jul 15, 2016

Rhyme scheme: a-b-a-b-c-d-c-d

#### Explanation:

The first verse might be confusing since the first four lines all rhyme,
but examining the second verse (for example)

If you can dream—and not make dreams your $\textcolor{red}{\text{master}}$;
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\text{XX}}$If you can think—and not make thoughts your $\textcolor{b l u e}{\text{aim}}$;
If you can meet with Triumph and $\textcolor{red}{\text{ Disaster}}$
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\text{XX}}$And treat those two impostors just the $\textcolor{b l u e}{\text{same}}$;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve $\textcolor{g r e e n}{\text{spoken}}$
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\text{XX}}$Twisted by knaves to make a trap for $\textcolor{b r o w n}{\text{fools}}$,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, $\textcolor{g r e e n}{\text{broken}}$,
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\text{XX}}$And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out $\textcolor{b r o w n}{\text{tools}}$: