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
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.
|“|| A woman’s face with nature’s own hand painted,|
Hast thou, the master mistress of my passion;
Feminine rhyme in music Edit
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,
External Links Edit
- www.whatrhymeswith.com - Rhyming dictionary and community for working with and finding feminine rhymes.
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