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rhyme scheme

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noun
  1. the pattern of rhymes used in a poem, usually marked by letters to symbolize correspondences, as rhyme royal, ababbcc.

Origin of rhyme scheme

First recorded in 1930–35
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Historical Examples

  • But here the rhyme-scheme provides a sort of unpardonable excuse.

    Browning's Heroines

    Ethel Colburn Mayne

  • The rhyme-scheme is called a couplet, because of the way in which two lines are linked together.

  • Dcimas are strophes of ten octosyllabic verses with the rhyme-scheme a b b a a c c d d c.

    Legends, Tales and Poems

    Gustavo Adolfo Becquer

  • The even verses are usually in assonance, although the verses may have the rhyme-scheme a b a b.

    Legends, Tales and Poems

    Gustavo Adolfo Becquer

  • First variant: There is no verso libre, and the rhyme-scheme is a b b c a d d c.

    Legends, Tales and Poems

    Gustavo Adolfo Becquer


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