Decent Essays
Plan introduction

1. Definition and function of rhyme.
2. History.
3. Types of rhyme.
4. Conclusion.
5. Addition.
1. Definition and function of rhyme.

Rhyme is the correspondence of two or more words with similar-sounding final syllables placed so as to echo one another. Rhyme is used by poets and occasionally by prose writers to produce sounds appealing to the reader’s senses and to unify and establish a poem’s stanzaic form.
Rhyme is the repetition of identical or similar terminal sound combination of words. Rhyming words are generally placed at a regular distance from each other. In verse they are usually placed at the end of the corresponding lines.
The word is derived from Old French rime or ryme, which may be
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Also in the 7th Century, rhyme was used in the Qur 'an. The leonine verse is notable for introducing rhyme into High Medieval literature in the 12th century.
Rhyme entered European poetry in the High Middle Ages, in part under the influence of the Arabic language in Al Andalus (modern Spain). Arabic language poets used rhyme extensively from the first development of literary Arabic in the sixth century, as in their long, rhyming qasidas.
Since languages change over time, lines which rhymed in the past may no longer rhyme in today 's language and it may not be clear how one would pronounce the words so that they rhyme.

3. Types of rhyme.

The word rhyme can be used in a specific and a general sense. In the specific sense, two words rhyme if their final stressed vowel and all following sounds are identical; two lines of poetry rhyme if their final strong positions are filled with rhyming words. A rhyme in the strict sense is also called a perfect rhyme. Examples are sight and flight, deign and gain, madness and sadness.

Perfect rhyme

Perfect rhymes can be classified according to the number of syllables included in the rhyme, which is dictated by the location of the final stressed syllable.
- masculine: a rhyme in which the stress is on the final syllable of the words (rhyme, sublime);
- feminine: a rhyme in which the stress is on the penultimate (second
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