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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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    The Rose Family

    The rose is a rose,
    And was always a rose.
    But the theory now goes
    That the apple’s a rose,
    And the pear is, and so’s
    The plum, I suppose.
    The dear only knows
    What will next prove a rose.
    You, of course, are a rose –
    But were always a rose.

    • Author: Robert Frost
    38
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    The Sick Rose

    O Rose thou art sick. 
    The invisible worm, 
    That flies in the night 
    In the howling storm: 

    Has found out thy bed 
    Of crimson joy: 
    And his dark secret love 
    Does thy life destroy.

    • Author: William Blake
    31
    12
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  • 11

    Bed in Summer

    In winter I get up at night 
    And dress by yellow candle-light. 
    In summer, quite the other way, 
    I have to go to bed by day. 

    I have to go to bed and see 
    The birds still hopping on the tree, 
    Or hear the grown-up people's feet 
    Still going past me in the street.

    And does it not seem hard to you, 
    When all the sky is clear and blue, 
    And I should like so much to play, 
    To have to go to bed by day? 

    • Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
    27
    12
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  • 12

    Our Brothers We Shall Defend

    To those whom I've fought with
    and to those I don't know your name,
    we fought by one another.
    You did not die in vain.
    We fought, you died,
    we bled, and I cried, 
    Even until our untimely end,
    our country, our families, our brothers,
    we shall defend.

    • Author: Justin Montana Williams
    22
    7
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