This is a rhymed narrative poem that can be used to teach rhyming and rhythm.

“Gertrude” is a little dark, a little cute, and was a lot of fun to write. It would be appropriate for many elementary students, especially for Halloween, but a lot of 9th graders have enjoyed this. It can be useful for teaching rhyme, rhythm, and various narrative devices.

The poem is nine 8-line stanzas. The rhyme scheme is ABCB. “Masculine,” “feminine,” and mosaic rhymes are used. The rhythm alternates between 4 and 3 beats per line (in effect, they are 7 beats, rhymed in couplets). The poem has a framing device and is told in flashback.

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