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A versifying game in which players are challenged to produce rhymes for given words or lines (see also bouts-rimés); or a poem written in response to such a challenge. In a more specialized sense, the term denotes a poem in which all the words that could rhyme with some person's name are accumulated to the point of absurdity. A notable English example is Molly Mog, or The Fair Maid of the Inn (1726), a ballad attributed to John Gay and his drinking partners, who seem to have encouraged each other to rhyme upon the name of an attractive barmaid. In a more general sense, the term is applied to any unimpressively repetitious use of rhyming.

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