rhyme scheme

noun

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 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 And replacing Shakespearean scansion with looser Seuss-ish rhyme schemes would add to the comedy and make the long bouts of exposition at the beginning and end of the play less tedious. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 19 Aug. 2019 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, 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, 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, 17 June 2018

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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 15 Jun. 2021.

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