In poetry, internal rhyme, or middle rhyme, is rhyme that occurs within a line of verse (that is, other than at the end of the line).

Internal rhyme is often between the midpoint and the line end, as exemplified by Coleridge, "In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud" or "Whiles all the night through fog-smoke white," (from "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"). "Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven" also exhibits internal rhyme:

    Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
         While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
"'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door[1]

In popular cultureEdit

Internal rhyme is also used extensively in modern hip hop music, having been pioneered by artists such as Kool Moe Dee, and Rakim, (as demonstrated in the latter's piece, "My Melody):

My unusual style will confuse you a while
If I were water, I'd flow in the Nile
So many rhymes you won't have time to go for your's
Just because of applause I have to pause
Right after tonight is when I prepare
To catch another sucker-duck MC out there
My strategy has to be tragedy, catastrophe
And after this you'll call me your majesty...



  1. Strachan, John; Terry, Richard (2000). Poetry, p. 63. Edinburgh University Press, ISBN 0748610456.
  2. Salaam, Mtume ya (June 22, 1995). "The Aesthetics of Rap". African American Review.
  3. allmusic ((( Rakim > Biography ))). Allmusic. Accessed May 22, 2008.
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