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The Best Short Rhyming Poetry

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Not all poems have to rhyme. But the best short rhyming poems are examples of why the classic style is still so universal. These simple rhyming poems are all under 25 lines or less. 

Easy rhyming poems often sound like a song. As children, we are exposed to this kind of poetry through greats like Dr. Suess. Some of these short poems that rhyme are children’s poems, others are all about falling in love, while others center on the hardships of life. 

You will no doubt recognize a few famous poets on this roundup, like Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson. However, there are also several more obscure rhyming poems that are equally impressive and deserve to be read among the classics.

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  • 5

    Fire and Ice

    Some say the world will end in fire,
    Some say in ice.
    From what I’ve tasted of desire
    I hold with those who favor fire.
    But if it had to perish twice,
    I think I know enough of hate
    To say that for destruction ice
    Is also great
    And would suffice.

    • Author: Robert Frost
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  • 6


    Forever we remain oblivious to the future, 
    lost to the past and enduring our torture. 
    Forever we take chances to settle our scores, 
    losing some battles and winning some wars. 
    Forever praying out loud hoping someone will hear, 
    forever crying softly but never shedding a tear. 
    Forever exists behind a disguise, 
    but the belief in forever keeps our hearts alive.

    • Author: Terri Nicole Tharrington
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  • 7

    A Simple Plan

    Simple Sam was a simple man.
    He lived each day by a simple plan.
    Enjoy your life and live while you can.
    Make each day count and take a stand.

    Stand on the left or stand on the right,
    Whichever one you think is right.
    Live each day as if your last.
    Life's too short and gone too fast.

    • Author: Irwin Mercer
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  • 8

    The Eagle

    He clasps the crag with crooked hands; 
    Close to the sun in lonely lands, 
    Ring'd with the azure world, he stands. 

    The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls; 
    He watches from his mountain walls, 
    And like a thunderbolt he falls. 

    • Author: Alfred Lord Tennyson
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