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Internal rhyme

Internal rhyme

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In poetry, internal rhyme, or middle rhyme, is rhyme which occurs within a single line of verse.

Internal rhyme occurs in the middle of a line, as in these lines from Coleridge, "In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud" or "Whiles all the night through fog-smoke white" ("The Ancient Mariner"), or in the comic "Bantams in Pine Woods" by Wallace Stevens:

Chieftain Iffucan of Azcan in caftan
Of tan with henna hackles, halt!

Damned universal cock, as if the sun
Was blackamoor to bear your blazing tail.

Fat! Fat! Fat! Fat! I am the personal.
Your world is you. I am my world.

You ten-foot poet among inchlings. Fat!
Begone! An inchling bristles in these pines,

Bristles, and points their Appalachian tangs,
And fears not portly Azcan nor his hoos. or "Ah, distinctly I remember, it was in the bleak December" from "The Raven" by Edgar Poe

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