Definition of internal rhyme in English:

internal rhyme


  • 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.

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