Let’s take a look at a rhyme scheme, created by Eminem. What we have here is a quatrain from a song of his, called “Sing for the Moment”. It’s composed of compounds and internals. The actual rhyme scheme can be quite useful for you to employ in your own songs. Check it out.
These ideas are, nightmares to white parents Whose
worst fear is a child with dyed hair and who likes earrings
Like whatever they say has no bearing, it’s
so scary in a house that allows no swearing
Rhyme Scheme Diagram
2-white parents/likes earrings/bearing/swearing
As you can see, the first bar is like an introduction to the rhyme scheme and Eminem is starting out with the two most important pieces right from the start. The rhymes “nightmares” and “white parents” are the keystones to this rhyme scheme.
So you first put your two compound rhymes in the first bar and you replicate them for the second bar. For example, you have 1, 2 in the first bar, so you’ll do 1, 2 in the second bar too. Not 2,1-you get me? Nightmares to white parents(first bar), dyed hair who likes earrings(second bar).
So bottom line is that the second bar is like a replica of the first one, when it comes to the rhythmic pattern.
The third bar is pretty straight forward, composed with only one simple rhyme “bearing”. What do you have in the fourth bar? Two internals “house/allows” and then ending up with the type 2 rhyme “swearing”.
So, you first start with the two compounds, replicated them in the second bar, continue with only one simple rhyme in the third, two internals and an end rhyme in the fourth. That’s the rhyme scheme.