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enclosed rhyme

in poetry, the rhyming pattern abba found in certain quatrains, such as the first verse of Matthew Arnold's "Shakespeare":Others abide our question. Thou art free.We ask and ask-thou smilest and art still,Out-topping knowledge. For the loftiest hill,Who to the stars uncrowns his majesty,

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