masculine rhyme

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The commonest kind of rhyme, between single stressed syllables (e.g. delay/stay) at the ends of verse lines. In contrast with feminine rhyme, which adds further unstressed syllables after the rhyming stressed syllables, masculine rhyme matches only the final syllable with its equivalent in the paired line, as in Christina Rossetti's couplet:And all the rest forget,But one remembers yet.In French verse, the alternation of masculine and feminine rhymes became the norm from the 16th century onwards.

Subjects: Literature.

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