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Rhyme

Definition

A rhyme poem is a type of poem that, as the name suggests, rhymes. Rhyme poems are the most common known form of poetry. In a rhyme poem traditionally, one or more lines will rhyme. They may follow a specific meter or scheme in which to place the rhymes, which most often is placed at the end of each line.

Rhyme Poem

Some poets, preferring to shake things up and make it their own, will place the rhymes sporadically throughout each line, ignoring any set meter to suit their poem and suit their taste or aim for a bigger impact. Some structured rhyme poems will have every two lines rhyme and then change for the next two and so on. Others will have a line with one rhyme, the next not matching suit, and then having the third rhyme with the first. Examples of rhyme poetry can be found in the work of Emily Dickinson. Rhyme poetry is enjoyed for the beautiful flow that they create. 

A rhyming poem has the repetition of the same or similar sounds of two or more words, often at the end of the line.


[n] a piece of poetry
[n] correspondence in the sounds of two or more lines (especially final sounds)
[v] compose rhymes
[v] be similar in sound, esp. with respect to the last syllable; "hat and cat rhyme"

Example

Jabberwocky (First Two Stanzas)
Lewis Carroll

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"


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Synonyms

rime, rime, rime, verse