RHYME EXERCISE
Rhyme for its own sake is really just decorative.

Identify the rhyme scheme (pattern) for the following poem and explain how each rhyme contributes to the poem's meaning or unity. Complete the exercise and write your explanations in your notebook -- this will be collated so you can print or e-mail your work when you are finished.
Hear the sledges with the bells—
        Silver bells!
What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
  In the icy air of night!
While the stars that oversprinkle
All the heavens, seem to twinkle
  With a crystalline delight;
    Keeping time, time, time,
    In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells
  From the bells, bells, bells, bells,
       Bells, bells, bells—
From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells


 
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