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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The lyrics are tightly coiled tongue twisters, sprung with internal rhymes, questions and answers, parallels and comparisons that all add up, and rhyme.’
    • ‘Avoiding set rhyme schemes but staying within more or less uniform stanzas, Roberts devises sonic constellations out of internal rhyme and repetition.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All sentences must accent internal rhyme through the use of syntactical parallelism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It feels less forced than rhymed verse would in this case (the more subtle internal rhymes work, e.g. traverse/verse).’
    • ‘In the poet's medieval French, the verse displays intricate internal rhymes and numerous alliterations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 second syllable of ‘consent’ foreshadows ‘sence,’ continuing the play with internal rhymes.’
    • ‘What dazzling internal rhymes and verbal gymnastics!’
    • ‘It's time, as a wise, marginally white man with a peculiar knack for the internal rhyme once said, to clean out our closets.’
    • ‘His name was given to a common type of hexameter with internal rhyme, though not before the 17th century.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not only did it have a nice internal rhyme, but it also neatly summed up the company's mission.’
    • ‘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