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Phillis Wheatley's favorite poetic form was the couplet, which is a pair of lines that rhyme, and usually have the same number of syllables in each line. They can be as short as one couplet (two lines) or as long as it takes to tell the poem. They can be serious (like Phyllis' poems) or silly.
Here's an example:
GOOSE AND MOOSE
It's hard to tell just what a goose
will have in common with a moose.
(Read the rest of the poem here)
Poem by Denise Rodgers
Copyright © Denise Rodgers
Here are some exercises to help you get started writing couplets, just like Phyllis.