Crossed Rhyme

Entertainment / Literature / Crossed Rhyme: In long couplets, especially hexameter lines, sufficient room in the line allows a poet to use rhymes in the middle of the line as well as at the end of each line. Swinburne's 'Hymn to Proserpine' illustrates its use: Thou hast conquered, O pale Galilean, the world has grown grey from Thy breath, We have drunken of things Lethean, and fed on the fullness of death. Laurel is green for a season, and love is sweet for a day, But love grows bitter with treason, and laurel outlives not May. In the excerpt above, the words in red are part of crossed rhyme, and the words in green are regular rhyme. Crossed rhyme is also called interlaced rhyme. Contrast with internal rhyme and leonine rhyme.

Other Words for Rhyme

Rhyme Adjective Synonyms: rime, poem, poetry, verse, versification, metrical composition, song


Entertainment / Literature / Rhyme: Also spelled rime, rhyme is a matching similarity of sounds in two or more words, especially when their accented vowels and all succeeding consonants are identical. For instance, the word-pairs listed MORE


Entertainment / Literature / Monorhyme: A poem or section of a poem in which all the lines have the same end rhyme. The rhyming pattern would thus look like this: AAAA AAAA, AAA AAA, or AA AA AA AA, etc. It is a common rhyme scheme in Latin MORE

Masculine Rhyme

Life Style / Poetry / Masculine Rhyme: Gendered expression for rhymes ending in a stressed syllable, such as 'hells' and 'bells.' the expressions strong or one-syllable rhyme avoid the sexist bias. MORE