leonine verse


Definition of leonine verse

1 : Latin verse in which the last word in the line rhymes with the word just before the middle caesura (as in “gloria factorum temere conceditus horum”)
2 : English verse in which the end of the line rhymes with a sound occurring near the middle of the line (as in Tennyson's “the long light shakes across the lakes”)

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History and Etymology for leonine verse

probably from French léonin, from Middle French, from Old French

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“Leonine verse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leonine%20verse. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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