What Is a Poem With Rhyming Scheme of Abab Cdcd Efef Ghgh?

An example of a poem with the rhyme scheme ABAB CDCD EFEF GHGH is “Neither Out Far Nor in Deep,” by the American poet Robert Frost. A similar poem is the sonnet by Shakespeare entitled “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day;” however, the traditional Shakespearean sonnet abandons the final GHGH stanza for a GG couplet.

Frost follows the rhyme scheme very strictly, and there are almost no deviations from the pattern of monosyllabic rhyming. The only exception occurs in the third stanza, when Frost chooses to rhyme the one-syllable word “more” with the two-syllable “ashore.” Frost keeps every line of the poem relatively short—each is only six, seven or eight syllables long (hexameter, heptameter and octameter, respectively).