Definition of internal rhyme in English:

internal rhyme

noun

  • A rhyme involving a word in the middle of a line and another at the end of the line or in the middle of the next.

    • ‘Avoiding set rhyme schemes but staying within more or less uniform stanzas, Roberts devises sonic constellations out of internal rhyme and repetition.’
    • ‘All sentences must accent internal rhyme through the use of syntactical parallelism.’
    • ‘In the poet's medieval French, the verse displays intricate internal rhymes and numerous alliterations.’
    • ‘It's time, as a wise, marginally white man with a peculiar knack for the internal rhyme once said, to clean out our closets.’
    • ‘It also shows the casual effectiveness of his verbal music, the rhymes and internal rhymes, the fluid shifts and switches of tone, the irony and self-observing enthusiasms, the wordplay.’
    • ‘It feels less forced than rhymed verse would in this case (the more subtle internal rhymes work, e.g. traverse/verse).’
    • ‘In poems like this, her sonnet sequence ‘Intervals in Early August,’ and ‘Confession of an Alchemist,’ Levin demonstrates tenacious lyrical power whose well-wrought poems sing with lively measure and liminal internal rhyme.’
    • ‘Valery stresses the viewer's feeling of oneness with the universe and enforces the timelessness of stanza ten as a whole in the verbal progression and the sound pattern of the stanza's last few lines marked by internal rhyme and assonance.’
    • ‘The lyrics are tightly coiled tongue twisters, sprung with internal rhymes, questions and answers, parallels and comparisons that all add up, and rhyme.’
    • ‘What dazzling internal rhymes and verbal gymnastics!’
    • ‘Not only did it have a nice internal rhyme, but it also neatly summed up the company's mission.’
    • ‘The internal rhymes and basic iambic line broken up into free verse sounded like somebody really talking, but it was highly disciplined as verse too.’
    • ‘His name was given to a common type of hexameter with internal rhyme, though not before the 17th century.’
    • ‘His efforts here to fit his spoken word into consistent old-school measures dilutes the power in his lyrics, where webs of internal rhyme are abandoned for A / B / A / B schemes.’
    • ‘Similarly, the third line of every stanza ends with a rhyme word which is reinforced by an internal rhyme in the middle of the fourth line.’
    • ‘The second syllable of ‘consent’ foreshadows ‘sence,’ continuing the play with internal rhymes.’
    • ‘The rhythm of the heroic couplets is varied with the potential anapaestic substitutions of ll. 13 and 16, and by the internal rhyme of line 13.’
    • ‘Mr Ferris also notes how Thomas's poetry is influenced by the complex and obligatory system of alliteration and internal rhyme within each line that is a classic device in Welsh-language verse.’
    • ‘The repetitions that ring through these lines, and the internal rhyme and assonance that mark them seem to extend, to prolong this last moment before nightfall.’
    • ‘The internal rhyme of issue and tissue, and their complex play of meanings make clear this fusion of flesh and fabric (which we will see explicitly in ‘Arras’).’

Pronunciation

internal rhyme