feminine rhyme

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A rhyme on two syllables, the first stressed and the second unstressed (e.g. mother/another), commonly found in many kinds of poetry but especially in humorous verse, as in Byron's Don Juan:Christians have burned each other, quite persuadedThat all the Apostles would have done as they did.Masculine rhyme, on the other hand, does not employ unstressed syllables. Where more than one word is used in one of the rhyming units, as in the example above, the rhyme is sometimes called a ‘mosaic rhyme’. In French verse, the alternation of masculine and feminine rhymes become the norm during the 16th century.

Subjects: Literature.

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