Internal Rhyme Examples by Shel Silverstein

When you need internal rhyme examples for lessons and homework assignments, they can be difficult to find. But today I found some iinternal rhyme examples for you! While I was in the school library with my students, some old familiar books of poems caught my eye. Many poems written by popular children’s poet, Shel Silverstein, can be used as examples to teach and enjoy all forms of fun poetry including internal rhyme examples. Each poem example of internal rhyme shown below offers four lines from poems found in his books Falling Up, A Light in the Attic, and Where the Sidewalk Ends.

A Light in the Attic

Rock ‘n Roll Band

  • We’d play and we’d sing and wear sparingly things
  • The people would hear us and love us and cheer us
  • We’d giggle and laugh and sign autographs
  • With homemade guitars and pails and jars


  • I’d rather play tennis than go to the dentist
  • I’d rather play soccer than go to the doctor
  • I’d rather play Hurk than go to work
  • Hurk? Hurk? What’s Hurk?


  • Channel 1’s no fun
  • Channel 2’s just news
  • Channel 3’s hard to see
  • Channel 9’s a waste of time

Where the Sidewalk Ends

The Dirtiest Man in the World

  • Oh I’m Dirty Dan, the world’s dirtiest man
  • I can’t see my shirt – it’s so covered with dirt
  • I live in a pen with five hogs and a hen
  • The thought of a towel and some soap makes me howl

The Little Blue Engine

  • He was tired and small, and the hill was tall
  • And slowly he climbed, a foot at a time
  • And strong and proud he cried out loud
  • If the track is tough and the hill is rough

Falling Up


  • His nose, it grew an inch or two
  • On puppet strings you’ll dance and sing
  • Got put in a cage by a man in a rage
  • To the land where boys just play with toys

Ice Cream Shop

  • “I’ll take Vanilla,” yelled the gorilla
  • “I’ll take Chocolate,” shouted the ocelot
  • “Rocky Road,” croaked the toad
  • “Lemon Lime,” growled the lion

Rotten Convention

  • Hamburger Face and Gruesome Grace
  • There was Mr. Mud and the Creepin Crud
  • There was Three-Headed Ann – she was holdin’ hands
  • And Poopin’ Pete and Smelly Feet

My Nose Garden

  • I have rowses and rowses of noses and noses
  • No lilies or roses, just cold-catching noses
  • But you can’t bring no noses to fine flower showses
  • These red sniffly noses that cause all my woeses

Spoiled Brat

  • The spoiled brat cut a hole in her hat
  • The spoiled brat told the policeman to scat
  • And sat on her birthday cake ’til it was flat
  • The spoiled brat fell into a vat

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