Recognise rhyming couplets
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  • Introduction
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Poets use rhyme in different ways when writing poetry (and some poems don't rhyme at all).

 

Rhyming couplets are two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme with each other. This means that the second rhyme comes straight after the first rhyme with no lines in between.

 

Look at this well-known nursery rhyme:


 

Ding dong bell,

Pussy's in the well.

Who put her in?

Little Johnny Thin.

Who pulled her out?

Little Tommy Stout.


Each set of two lines is called a rhyming couplet. So in this nursery rhyme there are three rhyming couplets.

 

Rhyming couplets are very common in nursery rhymes. In this worksheet you can read different nursery rhymes and decide whether or not they contain rhyming couplets.

  • Question 1
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Read this nursery rhyme and decide whether or not it contains rhyming couplets.

 

Georgie Porgie pudding and pie,

Kissed the girls and made them cry.

When the boys came out to play

Georgie Porgie ran away.

rhyming couplets

not rhyming couplets

  • Question 2
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Read this nursery rhyme and decide whether or not it contains rhyming couplets.

 

Pease porridge hot,

Pease porridge cold,

Pease porridge in the pot

Nine days old.

rhyming couplets

not rhyming couplets

  • Question 3
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Read this nursery rhyme and decide whether or not it contains rhyming couplets.

 

Jack be nimble,

Jack be quick,

Jack jump over

The candle stick.

rhyming couplets

not rhyming couplets

  • Question 4
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Read this nursery rhyme and decide whether or not it contains rhyming couplets.

 

Oh the grand old Duke of York,

He had ten thousand men.

He marched them up to the top of the hill

And he marched them down again.

rhyming couplets

not rhyming couplets

  • Question 5
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Read this nursery rhyme and decide whether or not it contains rhyming couplets.

 

Bye, baby bunting,

Daddy's gone a-hunting,

Gone to get a rabbit skin

To wrap the baby bunting in.

rhyming couplets

not rhyming couplets

  • Question 6
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In quite a lot of nursery rhymes some of the lines are rhyming couplets but others are not.

 

How many rhyming couplets are there in this nursery rhyme?

 

Old Mother Hubbard

Went to the cupboard

To fetch her poor dog a bone.

But when she got there

The cupboard was bare

And so the poor dog had none.

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  • Question 7
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How many rhyming couplets are there in this nursery rhyme?

 

Old Farmer Giles

Walked seven miles

With his faithful dog, old Rover.

And old Farmer Giles

When he came to the stiles,

Took a run and jumped clean over.

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  • Question 8
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How many rhyming couplets are there in this nursery rhyme?

 

Little Miss Muffet

Sat on a tuffet,

Eating her curds and whey.

There came down a spider,

Who sat down beside her,

And frightened Miss Muffiet away.

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  • Question 9
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How many rhyming couplets are there in this nursery rhyme?

 

Tom, Tom, the piper's son,

Stole a pig and away did run.

The pig was eat,

And Tom was beat,

And Tom went howling

Down the street.

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  • Question 10
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How many rhyming couplets are there in this nursery rhyme?

 

The North wind doth blow,

And we shall have snow,

And what will poor Robin do then,

Poor thing?

He'll sit in a barn,

And keep himself warm,

And hide his head under his wing,

Poor thing.

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