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ABBA

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ABBA or Mirror Poem is a rhetorical device that makes use of rhyme in a condensed and unique manner. Although I am sure the device had been used long before, the use of the term ABBA or Mirror Poem was discovered in a book of poetry by the English educator and poet John Caffyn 1987.

The defining features of the ABBA are:

  1. a very short poem. A single strophe of 2, 3 or 4 lines.
  2. rhymed. The poem contains mirror rhyme in which the first and last syllables of the poem rhyme, as do the two center syllables. Rhyme scheme a…..b b ……a This reflective rhyme can be extended further, a…..b….c c ….b…..a or a….bc…d d ….cb ….a
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    Child at play,
    day beguiled.
                 --- jvg

    Kick in the door,
    bite,
    fight,
    war a stick.
                  --- jvg

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