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Masculine rhyme

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Masculine rhyme a rhyme in which the accent and rhyme fall on the final syllable only
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Quotations

  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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    “Like a French poem is life; being only perfect in structure when with the masculine rhymes mingled the feminine are.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Properly rime (the hy being due to the influence of Rhythm)—A.S. rim, number, cog. with Old High Ger. rīm (Ger. reim).

Usage

In literature:

The second half of each line ends in a masculine rhyme.
"The Nibelungenlied" by Unknown
Here the rhymes were interlaced, and the alternation of masculine and feminine by degrees observed.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
This interweaving of masculine and feminine rhymes constitutes the charm of our verse.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 4 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
He was also probably the first to insist on the regular alternation of masculine and feminine rhymes in verse.
"A History of Literary Criticism in the Renaissance" by Joel Elias Spingarn
What you are thinking of must be verses of fourteen syllables; without alternative masculine and feminine rhymes.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. III (of VI), "The Eternal Quest" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
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