We Got A Problem #3: ABACAB
August 10, 2011 Leave a comment
The Genesis song “Abacab” was named after the original order of its sections: A-B-A-C-A-B. Poetry rhyme schemes use the same convention: the rhyme scheme for a limerick is AABBA.
How many rhyme schemes are there for six-line poems? ABACAB is one of them. So are AAAAAA and ABCDEF.
(The fine print: if a new line doesn’t rhyme with any previous line, it must use the next available letter in the alphabet. BAAB is wrong: it should have been ABBA. ABACAF is wrong too. The first letter is always A.)
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