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rhyme royal

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noun Prosody.
  1. a form of verse introduced into English by Chaucer, consisting of seven-line stanzas of iambic pentameter in which there are three rhymes, the first line rhyming with the third, the second with the fourth and fifth, and the sixth with the seventh.
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Origin of rhyme royal

First recorded in 1835–45
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  • For, first, it stimulated curiosity regarding the use by this poet of the Chaucerian rhyme-royal in three of these long poems.

    Studies of Contemporary Poets

    Mary C. Sturgeon


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rhyme royal

noun
  1. prosody a stanzaic form introduced into English verse by Chaucer, consisting of seven lines of iambic pentameter rhyming a b a b b c c
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