rhyming in poetry

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Last updated: November 30, 2019

rhyming
the concurrence, in two or more lines, of the last stressed vowel and of all speech sounds following that vowel

near rhyme
differs from perfect rhyme in changing the vowel sound and/or the concluding consonants expected of perfect rhyme

end rhyme
rhymes that appear at the end of a line

internal rhyme
occurs when the rhyme sound is embedded within one line of poetry

rhyme scheme
pattern of end rhyme on a poem

iamb (iambic)
unstressed syllable followed by stressed syllable

trochee (trochaic)
stressed syllable followed by unstressed syllable

anapest (anapestic)
two unstressed syllables followed by one stressed syllable

dactyl (dactylic)
one stressed followed by two unstressed syllables

spondee (spondaic)
two stressed syllables; used for emphasis

foot
one stressed syllable and one or more unstressed syllables

dimeter
two feet

trimeter
three feet

tetrameter
four feet

pentameter
five feet

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