broken rhyme

noun

Definition of broken rhyme

1 : rhyme in which one of the rhyming elements is divided by the break or by a pause between two words (as in Lord Byron's rhyming “ … Attic; all … ” with “mathematical”)
2 : rhyme involving division of a word by the break between two lines in order to end a line with a rhyme provided by the first part of the word (as in G. M. Hopkins's dividing king-/dom to rhyme king- with wing)

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“Broken rhyme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/broken%20rhyme. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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