Internal Rhyme

Entertainment / Literature / Internal Rhyme: A poetic device in which a word in the middle of a line rhymes with a word at the end of the same metrical line. Internal rhyme appears in the first and third lines in this excerpt from Shelley's 'The Cloud': I silently laugh at my own cenotaph, And out of the caverns of rain, Like a child from the womb, like a ghost from the tomb, I arise and unbuild it again. In the excerpt above, the word laugh is an internal rhyme with cenotaph, and the word womb is an internal rhyme with tomb. Other examples include the Mother Goose rhyme, 'Mary, Mary, quite contrary,' or Coleridge's Ancient Mariner, (We were the first that ever burst / Into that silent sea'). Contrast with interlaced rhyme, above.

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

Rhyme

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

End Rhyme

Entertainment / Literature / End Rhyme: Rhyme in which the last word at the end of each verse is the word that rhymes. This contrasts with internal rhyme, in which a word in the middle of each line of verse rhymes, or so-called head rhyme, MORE

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