My fascination with poetry and the rhyming word begin when I was 10 years of age growing up in the "Land of The Long White Cloud" - New Zealand. At that time New Zealand encouraged teachers from the United Kingdom to immigrate and teach in New Zealand schools. Therefore my early knowledge and learning about writing was from being exposed to English literature and poems such as "The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and "The Highwayman", a narrative poem written by Alfred Noyes. We had to learn verses of these poems by heart and recite them in front of the class.
Some years later living in Norfolk Island the inventory of my store, "Piccadilly" included a selection of books for young children and included a number of rhyming books like, "The Lion And Albert" by Marriott Edgar.