Origin of eye rhyme
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MORE ABOUT EYE RHYME
What is an eye rhyme?
An eye rhyme involves the use of words that look like they should rhyme—based on their endings being spelled the same—but that don’t actually rhyme, as in move and love or pour and sour.
An eye rhyme is also called a sight rhyme.
The typical sense of the word rhyme refers to an instance in which the endings of two or more words rhyme—meaning they sound exactly the same, as in right and sight. However, the endings of such words don’t need to be spelled the same in order to rhyme: right also rhymes with site.
An eye rhyme, though, always involves the ending of the word being spelled in the same way and not sounding the same.
Just like regular rhymes, eye rhymes are used in poetry and other forms of literature. Using an eye rhyme is another artistic way to make connections between words. For example, it can be used in verse to create an unexpected effect at the end of a line that looks like it’s going to rhyme but actually doesn’t:
Expecting a rhyme, you start to read,
But the next line just hurts your head.
Example: Her use of eye rhymes throughout her poetry has a particularly effective disorienting effect.
Where does eye rhyme come from?
The first records of eye rhyme come from around 1800. Its synonym, sight rhyme, is first recorded later, around the 1930s.
In both his poetry and his plays, Shakespeare rhymed words like move and love and moving and loving. We read these as eye rhymes, since the o creates different vowel sounds in both pairs of words. Due to the variability of vowel sounds in English, there are many examples of eye rhymes, such as cough and bough, alone and gone, and hearth and earth.
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What are some synonyms for eye rhyme?
What are some words that share a root or word element with eye rhyme?
- perfect rhyme
- full rhyme
- true rhyme
- beginning rhyme
- initial rhyme
- head rhyme
- slant rhyme
- near rhyme
- internal rhyme
What are some words that often get used in discussing eye rhyme?
How is eye rhyme used in real life?
The term eye rhyme is typically used in the context of poetry analysis.
“coot foot” is an “eye rhyme” and a fine one https://t.co/OWOITBk4SA
— Freeman Crouch (@freemancrouch) July 1, 2018
— William Shakespeare (@Shakespeare) June 30, 2019
Deeply pleased with the phrase "clunkier dossier." So close to an eye rhyme, so far from a pure rhyme.
— jane zwart (@_janezwart_) July 3, 2018
Try using eye rhyme!
True or False?
The words laughter and daughter produce an eye rhyme.
How to use eye rhyme in a sentence
The numbers reinforce another article in the Post, in which cops confessed to “turning a blind eye” to minor crimes.
This attack, coming just days after the PlayStation DDoS, was certainly an eye-opener.
They eye the door anxiously, convinced that at any moment, a Pakistani or Iranian intelligence officer will come barging in.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nervous fans can keep a vigilant eye on it via a webcam hosted on the town website that offers 24-hour goat viewing.
I think part of being in the public eye is getting recognized, and dealing with positive and negative scrutiny.
But Lucy had noted, out of the corner of her watchful eye, the arrival of Miss Grains, indignant and perspiring.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
As his eye became accustomed to the gloom, David Arden saw traces of gilding on the walls.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
As small letters weary the eye most, so also the smallest affairs disturb us most.Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou
Ripperda's eye fell upon the mantle,—it was discoloured a dark red in many places, he nodded his head, and the man withdrew.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
The noise of the hammer is always in his ears, and his eye is upon the pattern of the vessel he maketh.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various