What is the rhyme scheme for the poem, "The Naming of Cats"?

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Jun 7, 2016


The rhyme scheme of "The Naming of Cats" is ABAB.


ABAB rhyme uses alternating lines that rhyme. For an example directly from the poem:

First of all, there's the name that the family use daily, (A)
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James, (B)
Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey-- (A)
All of them sensible everyday names. (B)

"Daily" and "Baily" rhyme, as do "James" and "names". Therefore, the rhyme scheme is ABAB.

The rhyme scheme changes a little in the last few lines of the poem to make the ending of the poem a little dramatic and stretched out, but mainly the poem is in ABAB.