rhyme scheme

noun

Definition of rhyme scheme 

: the arrangement of rhymes in a stanza or a poem

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His initial approach to a beat is melodic and rhythmic, finding a cadence that suits his voice, an energy level at which the vocals will be delivered, and maybe a rhyme scheme. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Into the Wild With Kanye West," 25 June 2018 Under Michael Kahn’s direction, the actors Adam LeFevre, Amelia Pedlow and Christian Conn attempt the rhyme scheme. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "15 Plays and Musicals to Go to in NYC This Weekend," 19 Apr. 2018 Bey dexterously adopts the Migos' signature triplet flow, putting her own spin on the rhyme scheme that has ruled the airwaves in recent years. Eric Renner Brown, Billboard, "Beyonce's Got Bars: Her 5 Standout Rap Moments From 'Everything Is Love'," 17 June 2018 Typically narrative-based and following traditional ballad rhyme schemes, the genre mostly retreated from popular view until the founding of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nev., in 1985. Carson Vaughan, New York Times, "Elizabeth Ebert, ‘Grand Dame of Cowboy Poetry,’ Dies at 93," 1 Apr. 2018 The minute-long teaser showcases Azealia Banks -- who plays the role of Coco, a 25-year-old aspiring rapper -- flexing her new poetic rhyme scheme in the studio with her group. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Watch Azealia Banks Show off Her Rapping Skills in 'Love Beats & Rhymes' Clip: Exclusive," 27 Nov. 2017 Adept at weaving together throwback hip-hop melodies with his unorthodox rhyme scheme, Boogie has snatched the ears of many notable artists, especially Drake. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Talks Debut Album, Possible Name Change & Plans of Going Back to School," 5 Sep. 2017 But the purpose of these improvisations is to add a secondary rhyme scheme, provide lyrical context or just make their unique sound unmistakable. Felice León, The Root, "Watch: The Ad-Lib Takes Over," 27 Oct. 2017 Maya circles her legacy-minded suitors, dropping references to Sylvia Plath and discussing the merits of rhyme schemes and suicide. Teo Bugbee, New York Times, "Review: Lena Olin Is Fierce as a Suicidal Poet in ‘Maya Dardel’," 26 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of rhyme scheme

1889, in the meaning defined above

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