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Poetry Verse Writing

but, first...

I've been writing verses
For 60 years...phew!
And d'yer know why I did it?
T'was especially for you

Jon Bratton

Poetry Verse Writing is the title of this page which tells you how to write verses or rhymes in greeting cards. Everything on this page tells you how to write poetry in rhyme but poetry is not just about simple messages that rhyme, indeed much poetry does not rhyme at all. The material here is also useful for adding humorous rhyming sections to speeches All this material is copyright of the author Jon Bratton 2004

Card Making and Scrapbooking are wonderful pastimes and the end product, the handmade card or scrapbooking page is such a lovely thing for someone to receive. The recipient is entitled to feel special because the card / page was tailor made for them. To do justice to the specialness of the card/page, shouldn't the same personal touch be applied to the poem or verse?

This section is to help those who need it to write original verses and/or to personalise general or traditional poems or verses.

It is not about writing poetry in general so it doesn't deal with, for example, rhythm (metre) or form in any detail. You might try a very good book by Stephen Fry called The Ode Less Traveled

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Here's a little video of British poet Ian McMillan's ideas of writing verse for an occasion

Rhyming Scheme in Poetry Verse Writing

There are many different rhyming schemes and forms and some even have their own names, like sonnet, limerick and clerihew but let's leave all the clever stuff to skilled rhymesters, who do not need to be reading this.

Verses or poems do not have to rhyme and if there is something very moving, poignant or important to say it's not worth trying to contrive a rhyme for it's own sake. It has been said that free verse (non rhyming) favors the serious while rhymes are suited to humor or light material. I tend to favor rhymes for card verses as they are usually, but not always, light and in any case I have found that seeking a rhyme has often led to additional poignancy.

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The rhyming scheme I use for card verses (and would recommend even toclever clogs') is
A any word 
B rhyming word
C any word
B rhyming word
because it gives you the freedom to put all the hard-to-rhyme bits in the first and third lines

Let's start with a Wedding Day (Engagement) verse, chosen at random:

May this day of your Wedding (or Engagement)
Be filled with love and laughter
And may all your days ahead
Be happy ever after

The simplest way to personalise it, is merely to add the recipients' names in the first line :-

Maureen and Bill, may your wedding day
Be filled with love and laughter
And may all your days ahead
Be happy ever after

Or you could 'steal' the rhyming words of "laughter" and "after" but, otherwise, completely rewrite the verse in your own style, for example

Once upon a time, (you two met) (you met your Prince / Shining Knight)
And shared much love and laughter
May your marriage be a fairy tale
Happy Ever After

(The "Happy Ever After" ending inspired the introduction "Once upon a time" and then to the fairy tale idea.) With a little amendment this verse can also be an Anniversary verse :-

Once upon a time, you met
And shared much love and laughter
You're (five) years into your fairy tale
Living happy ever after

Or an engagement verse by changing the third line to:- May your engagement continue the fairy tale

The fairy tale theme can also be used on the card front

You could also use the rhyming words in a completely different verse category, in this case, a work colleague get well card ;-

We're sorry you're feeling poorly, Bill
The (factory's) empty of your laughter
So get yerself well cos we miss you mate
You're a much sought-after grafter

or a Christmas card :-

May your Christmas be very merry
Full of fun and laughter
And may your New Year be the happiest
And stay that way thereafter

Now I'm not saying that 'laughter' and 'after' are classic rhymes... there are only 5 words that rhyme (or 6 if you include BAFTA) but it shows what can be done with even this restrictive sound

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So let's take a sound, filthy rich in rhymes

The 'ee' sound words, easily, are the biggest, by far, numerically
The initials B C D and E rhyme with G P T and V
There's loads of acronyms, you see
Like A & E, and DVD
Not to mention ESP and GMT
And of course B and B
I think I'm going OTT
And there's all the 'y' endings, obviouslee 
To sum up, the words that have the sound of ' ee'
Number one thousand and seventy three
No kidding, 1073 
Count 'em and I guarantee
You'll readily... 
Agree with me

The 'ee' sound certainly has the most rhyming words but it's not necessarily the most used in card verses. However, because there are so many rhymes it means you could, if you wish, break away from the ABCB rhyme scheme and write a verse with every line,and even within the line, rhyming just as I did... here's a couple of card verse examples

Here's us... hoping avidly
Your recovery...will be trouble-free
And very soon..we shall see
You fit can be


Here's hoping very avidly
Your house move will be trouble-free
And very soon you will be 
Settled very comfortably

I bet you're thinking "he gave us a rule and then broke it". Well no, I'm not taking back what I said at the beginning; that format would be difficult to use with other less numerous rhymes. From here on in, I shall be sticking rigidly to ABCB

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Useful Templates

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Here's a simple ABCB template

Da da da da da da 
This card is sent to say
Da da da da da da da
On this your special day

You can use this for any occasion, for example


Its Billy Junior's Christening
This card is sent to say
Enjoy, and be filled with pride
On your very special day << note the slightly altered last line

Fathers Day

Dad, you're my Superhero
This card is sent to say
Go to the pub and sup some ale
On your very special day


Old Billy Atkinson, you're past it
This card is sent to say
You're now free as a bird, you lucky old sod
Today's your retirement day << again, the last line tweaked slightly

Get Well

With the warmest of wishes
This card comes to say << a slightly altered 2nd line We hope that you're recovering
Getting better by the day << last line tweaked

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There's 80 or so words where no rhymes exist, yet people always pick out orange as the word that nothing rhymes with. What I say is, it matters not...just don't use such words at the end of the 2nd and 4th lines. As we know, anything can be said in the 1st and 3rd lines and in the middle of the 2nd and 4th lines

So, using this template :-

David Dickinson, orange birthday boy
Here's an orange card to say
You can be more orange than King Orange of Orangeland
Have the happiest orange day

Massively exaggerated, but point made, I hope

Here's another template that could be used for any occasion,

This is a special hand-made card, Bill
With a message to impart
dada dada dada dada dada
These words come from the heart

The 3rd line can deal with the occasion

For Retirement: You've earned retirement, so enjoy it, mate For Christmas: Have the very bestest Christmas For Good Luck: The best of luck (in your new job)

And yet another generic template

You're all grown up, now (dear Son) (Grandson)
As anyone can see
Have a happy (16th) birthday
From (your Dad) (Granddad) and me

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Using The Person's Name in Poetry Verse Writing

It goes without saying that the most personal thing you can use in the verse is the recipient's name and if the recipient has a good rhyming name you have the choice to:

* use it in the 1st or 3rd lines, like the one above where Bill's name is used at the end of the 1st line or.... * use it at the end of the 4th line, for greater effect

Hope this and your next birthday's happy, And the whole year in between This verse and card were especially made Just for you Maureen

If you, the hand made card maker, are lucky enough to have a good rhyming name then you can use your name at the end of the 4th line So, if Bill and Maureen, wish to say Happy Birthday to Bill's Uncle Joshua

Happy Birthday, Uncle Joshua
Enjoy today.... we know you will
This comes with love from Maureen
And your drinking partner, Bill

If the sender does not have a good rhyming name, no problem

Our nephew Pete's a great bloke 
As anyone can tell
This birthday wish is from Uncle Olaf
And Auntie Silvia, as well

If the name (Sunday name or shortened name) is no good for rhyming, how about the initial?

This card is sent to say....
Happy Birthday Billy J

On this your Wedding Day...
...Mr and Mrs A

A, J and K
B, C, D, E, G, P, T and V
I and Y
Q, U and W
These are the only letters that can be grouped. Each group has well over 100 rhymes and, as we already know, the BCDE etc group has over 1000 rhymes. All the rest FGHLMNORSXZ are individual but they have plenty of rhymes except for H which seems to have none, and F has very few. It's very easy to make yourself a rhyming ready reckoner. Just go through the alphabet in your head and list all the rhymes for each letter eg:

Q, U, W ado, accrue, barbeque, blue, brew, boo, canoe, chew, cue, clue, do, flew, gnu, glue, grew, hue, Hugh, hullabaloo, in lieu, jew, kangaroo, loo, moo, new, ooh, pew, queue, rue, Stu, spew, stew, screw, true, too, two, woo, you, YooHoo, zoo name but a few

or, you could invest in, for example, Chambers Rhyming Dictionary £7.99

Or you could go to this fantastic website

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Using Numbers in Poetry Verse Writing

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Numbers can be used as a personal factor (for age or years together or address) and sometimes they can be used in the 2nd line as a rhyme:

We wish a Merry Christmas
To all at 23
From the Atkinsons at 25
That's grumpy Bill and me

How many years together?
My goodness, it's 42
When they joined you two together
They used mighty powerful glue

The numbers up to ten are pretty good for rhyming except 7, there's "heaven" "eleven" "Devon" and "Kevin" and little else. When it comes to rhyming with twenty, there's plenty. By that I mean there's only one, the word "plenty"

The person's age can be used to rhyme, for example 'eight' rhymes nicely with 'celebrate', as in:-

Today's a very special day
A day to celebrate
For today is your birthday
You've reached the grand old age of eight
(twenty-eight, thirty-eight etc)

However, there's no need to be locked in to rhyming with the number... simply put the age anywhere but at the end of the second or fourth lines eg:

You've grown up very (pretty) (handsome)
As anyone can see
Well done, you're now eight years old
That's a smashin' age to be

The special ages of 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80...are not good for rhyming but when used as "the big three-O", "four-O", "five-O" and so on, the rhyming possibilities greatly increase. The -oe- sound has lots of simple rhyming words/expressions like ago, get-up-and-go, from-top-to-toe, show, slow and so on.

Congratulations, Billy
You've reached the big "Four-O"
You were born in the last millennium
So that's a long, long time ago

While on numbers, it is useful to use, for example, 39 for anyone over 40:

Happy Birthday (Billy)
And my, don't you look fine
Given your advancing years
Fast approaching 39


You've outgrown my lap, but not my heart
O (Maureen) daughter of mine
Growing up is for trees, so why not stay
Forever 39

Or use the same approach for, not just the recipient's age but the sender's as well:

You're (24) already, (son)
Nearly over the hill, oh my
And as you face advancing years
Unfortunately, so do I

So let's make a deal together
We'll use the same party line
You're a smidgin' over 21 (You're a little under 21)
I'm a tad over 39 (I'm not quite 39)

And bringing Granny into the ruse

I heard about your mother's deal
I'll go along with it, that's fine
Now, raise your arm and swear this oath
"My Grandma's 59"

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The UE Sound in Poetry Verse Writing

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This 'ue' sound is often used in card verses, particularly using the words "true" "too" "you". "You" is often used at the end of the 4th line

The obvious example is the old chestnut

Roses are red 
Violets are blue
Sugar is sweet
And so are you

Ending a card verse with "you" is very useful for obvious reasons. For example:

At the family's heart is Mother
Whose love is warm and true
Our family home was a special place
All credit's due to you


You're a caring, sharing person
And bright and breezy, too
You' re the very bestest boyfriend
It's no wonder I love you


We wish you all the very best
In everything you do
As you (start your new job) (leave for Australia) (Etc...)
The very best of luck to you

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The Importance of the 4th Line in Poetry Verse Writing

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The humor or poignancy is usually best left to the 4th line and that often means using the 2nd line as the feed in.Work out the last line for best effect then be prepared to sacrifice the 2nd line for the sake of rhyming. The example template is a case in point where the 2nd line is: "This card is sent to say" Although the 2nd line is often a throwaway, occasionally, a gem emerges eg: Looking for a feed to "He was flat out on the floor" there wasn't a lot of choice in suitable rhymes and when "war" was considered, the verse emerged as:-

Does Billy like to take a drink?
Was Hitler fond of war?
Remember last New Years Eve
He was flat out on the floor

I talked earlier about personalizing general verses but sometimes general verses just don't fit. A card manufacturer will not write verses for very specific things like someone going into hospital for, say, a hip replacement. A generic "Get Well Soon" verse doesn't really fit the bill. That's where thinking of the ending and then working backwards really works, so:

This card is sent to cheer you
As you're confined to bed
I'm sure it will be all worthwhile
In the happier days ahead


A shop bought card saying" Get Well Soon"
Didn't seem to fit the bill
This hand made card hopes that "Pretty soon...
...You'll be galloping up the hill"


We know the op's a pain in the bum
But better late than never
And think of the relief you're going to feel

When those piles are gone forever!

There are occasions when just the right feel to the verse is required and the fourth line is the starting place. The following verse was used in a sympathy card from a group, in this case a rugby team to a former team member, and the collective sentiment had to be appropriate.The last line chosen was "In our hearts, you'll be there" So the verse:- The final whistle's come too soon
It doesn't seem quite fair
But, each time the team takes to the pitch
(Billy), in our hearts, you'll be there

A good 4th line ending is " very much" as in I love you very much or Thank you very much not an easy rhyme but there's "loving touch" or "such and such" or "my rock, my crutch" Here's a couple of examples

You're really very naughty
A right such and such
I said presents were a No No
But thank you very much

(Jeremy) have a lovely day
As you enter Paradise
Look out for the girl in the big white frock
You'll find her very nice

Take your place by her side
Squeeze her hand with a loving touch
Say "I do" and she will too
For she loves you very much

She knows that you love her too
And that you'll always be her rock
This card, it comes with the fondest love
From the girl in the big white frock

And since this is about writing personalised verses for hand made cards the second line "This card is hand made, not bought" can be used as follows:

To say (Daniel) (Mrs White) you're special
This card is hand made, not bought

We'll miss you so very much
Thanks for your support

May your 15th year be your very best
Happy Birthday, Sport

I wasn't always well behaved
But I was always so well taught

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Some useful rhyming words for Dad

add, mad, lad, glad, sad

example template

You were always there as I grew up
________2nd line___________
________ 3rd line __________
I'm so proud that you're my Dad

Suggested second lines

You taught me good from bad
Through the good times and the bad
Through the happy times, and sad
And even though you're barking mad
And, as you know, I was a bit of a lad
And sometimes you got hopping mad
And I'm so very glad
So solid, and reliable, let me add

The third line doesn't need to rhyme so can be anything

eg:-You were my rock to lean on
It's no wonder that I love you
And completely off your trolley
In the lottery of life, I got the best
You're the very bestest in the world
So, Mr. (John William Smith) of (Consett)

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Using Shared Celebrity Birthdays in Poetry Verse Writing

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Birthdays shared with a Celebrity can be a useful source of inspiration for both the theme of the design and also the verse inside. For example, if you were making a card for a man who is keen on cars, and driving generally, and his birthday happened to be 17th September you would have really struck lucky because your man shares a birthday with, not just Damon Hill, but Stirling Moss as well. Similiarly, a keen golfer born on 9th February shares a birthday with Sandy Lyle and Bernard Gallagher.

Here's all the doublers found so far

22nd Jan Boxers Nigel Benn & George Foreman
9th Feb Golfers Sandy lisle & Bernard Gallacher
23rd March Speed Record Breakers Roger Bannister & Donald Campbell
29th April Rhyming Dukes Duke Ellington & Duke of Wellington
27th May Horror Stars Christopher Lee & Vincent Price
10th July Tennis Stars Virginia Wade & Arthur Ashe
8th Sept Goons Harry Secombe & Peter Sellers
12th Sept Surname Colours Linda Gray & Barry White
17th Sept Racing Drivers Stirling Moss & Damon Hill
25th Sept Husband/Wife Stars Michael Douglas & Cath Zeta Jones
13th Oct Female Tory Politicians Margaret Thatcher & Edwina Currie
27th Oct Footballers Glenn Hoddle & Lee Clark
31st Oct Sir J.S. Sir Jimmy Saville & Sir Joseph Swan
1st Dec Comedy Stars Woody Allen & Richard Pryor

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Billy's birthday is 22nd Jan

Billy, you're argumentative 
And you'll probably say you're not
Your birthday's shared with George Foreman and Nigel Benn
So that explains a lot

Of course it can work just as well with just one celeb or two distinctly different ones. Lets take Bob who's birthday is 6th May, so:-

Bob, you're such a smooth talker
And so good looking or what?
Your birthday's shared with Tony Blair and George Clooney
So that explains a lot

That template can be used for anybody, so lets take Billy's brother Ben's birthday

Ben, you're such a football nut
And an intellectual swot
You share your birthday with Glenn Hoddle and Dylan Thomas
So that explains a lot

Notice the second line ending can vary, as in:-

* And you've always been a swot
* Ever since you left the cot
* And that (sense of humour) (clumsiness) (beautiful face) you've got
* We think you've lost the plot
* And your (singing's) (dancing's) (sense of fashion's) really hot

And Billy's brother Bart (23rd April)

It's your birthday and St George's Day
You've always been a swot
Bart, it's the Bard's birthday too
So that explains a lot

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More variations on the theme..

It's (Celebrity Name)'s birthday
A person who's gone far
Coincidentally, it's your birthday
My own Superstar.

..or perhaps, it's more fun to be sarky

It's (Celebrity Name)'s birthday
That's a coincidence I'd say
He's talented and good looking
And's your birthday today

You share a birthday with (Celebrity Name)
A very famous name
He's very slim and earns fat cheques
And you're sort of...close to being the same

It's your's and (Celebrity Name)'s birthday
That's a coincidence, I find
He's talented, rich and good looking 
And you're not....arhhhh...never mind
..........I love you, anyway

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Using The Chinese Calendar in Poetry Verse Writing

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The Chinese believe that the animal ruling the year in which a person is born has a profound influence on personality saying "This is the animal that hides in your heart" There are 12 animals and so each animal features every twelve years. The following table covers the period 1924-2007

Rat 24 36 48 60 72 84 96 Ox 25 37 49 61 73 85 97 Tiger 26 38 50 62 74 86 98 Rabbit 27 39 51 63 75 87 99 Dragon 28 40 52 64 76 88 00 Snake 29 41 53 65 77 89 01 Horse 30 42 54 66 78 90 02 Sheep 31 43 55 67 79 91 03 Monkey 32 44 56 68 80 92 04 Rooster 33 45 57 69 81 93 05 Dog 34 46 58 70 82 94 06 Boar 35 47 59 71 83 95 07

We all know a rat or two, thankfully the occasional tiger (but note, Tiger Woods, ironically, is a rabbit), a few snakes (in the grass), several sheep, the odd cheeky monkey & more dogs than you can shake a stick at.

And here's a template verse

Today, you're (30), born in ('74)
According to Chinese legend, ah so
There's an animal lurking inside you
You're a (tiger), don't ya know

If it happens to be tiger, and if it's appropriate, what about....

So, birthday (boy)
Let's sin
On your tiger skin

Here's some other endings

Happy birthday, you dirty rat
What a coincidence, that you married one, as well (dragon)
Beefy and juicy, that's my ox, oh!
You can boar me anytime

You'll have to come up with your own for rooster

Strictly speaking, it is about the year of birth but the concept needn't be confined to just birthday cards. Anniversary cards could use this theme, the year representing the birth of the subject's marriage.

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Almost Done...'s a song by Passenger which is very extravagant with rhymes

When I was a kid the things I did were hidden under the grid
Young and naive I never believed that love could be so well hid
With regret I'm willing to bet and say the older you get
It gets harder to forgive and harder to forget
It gets under your shirt like a dagger at work
The first cut is the deepest but the rest still flipping hurt
You build your heart of plastic
Get cynical and sarcastic
And end up in the corner on your own

Cause I'd love to feel love but I can't stand the rejection
I hide behind my jokes as a form of protection
I thought I was close but under further inspection
It seems I've been running in the wrong direction oh no
So what's the point in getting your hopes up
When all you're ever getting is choked up
When you're coked up
And can't remember the reason why you broke up
You call her in the morning
When you're coming down and falling like an old man on the side of the road

Cause when you're apart you don't want to mingle
When you're together you want to be single
Ever the chase to taste the kiss of bliss
That made your heart tingle
How much greener the grass is
With those rose tinted glasses
But the butterflies they flutter by and leave us on our arses

Cause I'd love to feel love but I can't stand the rejection
I hide behind my jokes as a form of protection
I thought I was close but under further inspection
It seems I've been running in the wrong direction
There's fish in the sea for me to make a selection
I'd jump in if it wasn't for my ear infection
Cause all I want to do is try to make a connection
It seems I've been running in the wrong direction oh

Oh I'd love to feel love but I can't stand the rejection
I hide behind my jokes as a form of protection
I thought I was close but under further inspection
It seems I've been running in the wrong direction
I'd love to feel love but I can't stand the rejection
I hide behind my jokes as a form of protection
I thought I was close but under further inspection
It seems I've been running in the wrong direction ohh
It seems like I'm running in the wrong direction ohh
Seems like I'm running in the wrong direction ohh
Well it seems I've been running in the wrong direction oh no
Seems I've been running in the wrong direction

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English Language Pronunciation Quirks

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.
Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation’s OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.
Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.
Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Fe0ffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.
Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.
Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.
Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?
It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.
Finally, which rhymes with enough,
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!

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In Conclusion

We hope this has given you a few ideas or, at least, expanded your options. Although all these example verses are available for card makers to use, this whole piece on writing personalised verses is copyright of Jon Bratton 2007, and individual verses may not be used by commercial companies.

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