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A feminine rhyme is a rhyme that matches two or more syllables, usually at the end of respective lines, in which the final syllable or syllables are unstressed.

Feminine rhyme in poetryEdit

In EnglishEdit

Feminine rhyme is relatively rare in English poetry and usually appears as a special effect. However, the Hudibrastic relies upon feminine rhyme for its comedy, and limericks will often employ outlandish feminine rhymes for their humor. Irish satirist Jonathan Swift used many feminine rhymes in his poetry.

William Shakespeare's Sonnet 20 makes use of feminine rhymes:

A woman’s face with nature’s own hand painted,

Hast thou, the master mistress of my passion;
A woman’s gentle heart, but not acquainted
With shifting change, as is false women’s fashion...
But since she prick’d thee out for women’s pleasure,
Mine be thy love and thy love’s use their treasure.

Edgar Allan Poe's poem The Raven employs multiple feminine rhymes as internal rhymes throughout.

In FrenchEdit

In French verse, a feminine rhyme is one in which the final syllable is a "silent" e, even if the word is masculine. In classical French poetry, two feminine rhymes cannot occur in succession.

Feminine rhyme in music Edit

Hip hopEdit

In hip hop music, especially since the 1990s, the use of feminine rhyme in rapping (often referred to by the colloquial terms "multis" or "multirhymes" — a contraction of "multisyllabic rhymes") is considered a sign of technical skill, and rap artists (such as Canibus, Big Pun, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, Big L, Kool G Rap, Apathy, Pharoahe Monch, Nas, and Redman) have been known to string together large sequences of complex rhyme patterns.

Eminem made extensive use of the technique in his early work, for example, It's OK; (rhymes are marked in bold for clarity):

"Praying for sleep,

Dreaming with a watering mouth,
Wishing for a better life for my daughter and spouse,
In this slaughtering house, caught up in bouts
With the root of all evil.
I've seen it turn beautiful people cruel and deceitful,
And make them do shit illegal

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