Enclosed rhyme (or enclosing rhyme) is the rhyme scheme "abba" (that is, where the first and fourth lines, and the second and third lines rhyme). Enclosed-rhyme quatrains are used in introverted quatrains, as in the first two stanzas of Petrarchan sonnets.
- How soon hath Time, the subtle thief of youth, A
- Stolen on his wing my three and twentieth year! B
- My hasting days fly on with full career, B
- But my late spring no bud or blossom shew'th. A
- (From John Milton's "On His Being Arrived to the Age of Twenty-Three")
- Telling me again where I went wrong,
- Just listen to the laughter of the falling rain -
- When everyone knows now, in vain,
- That it was the rain’s fault all along.
- Rainfall, you're no friend of mine.
- Where were you when she was storming out?
- When I was pleading and trying not to shout?
- For you and me now, it’s the end of the line.
- You made silly puddles and watched as my girl left town
- You just watched, and with all your power
- You didn’t pelt, pour, or shower,
- You didn’t even drizzle down.
- Surely there was something you could have done?
- If you’d poured from the sky
- She wouldn't have left me, but you just didn't try:
- But you didn't do nothing, you let her walk on.
- Sidney Beck's Guilty Raindrops