rhyme scheme


Definition of rhyme scheme

: the arrangement of rhymes in a stanza or a poem

Examples of rhyme scheme in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Miller's rhyme scheme and Santat's imaginative illustrations make The Baby-Changing Station an entertaining and surprisingly touching read. Lauren Morgan, EW.com, 28 July 2022 Pardi also changed the rhyme scheme at the end of verse two. Tom Roland, Billboard, 8 Mar. 2022 James closed the song with his verse, each new line reversing the rhyme scheme of the last, words folding in and out like a lyrical Möbius strip . . . Dan Charnas, Rolling Stone, 23 Jan. 2022 The ghazal is an M.C.’s form: repeating words, a rhyme scheme, the self-referential last line that signals the end of the bars. New York Times, 1 July 2021 Besides being delicious, Pappadeaux is simply easy to throw in a rhyme scheme. Matt Young, Chron, 19 Apr. 2021 So many of the 140 lyricists who entered, some of them with a dozen or more songs each, offered songs that cleverly echoed the originals, and matched or even improved on the originals’ rhyme scheme. Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2021 The sketch took on a rhyme scheme in order to play on an Edgar Allan Poe poem, as Carrey’s Biden used the classic structure to parody modern politics. Danielle Turchiano, chicagotribune.com, 1 Nov. 2020 Her slant rhyme schemes inspired generations of female writers to break boundaries, personally and creatively. Molly Lambert, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of rhyme scheme

1889, in the meaning defined above

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“Rhyme scheme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhyme%20scheme. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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