masculine rhyme

masculine rhyme

noun Prosody.
a rhyme of but a single stressed syllable, as in disdain, complain.

Origin:
1575–85

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masculine rhyme
 
n
prosody Compare feminine rhyme a rhyme between stressed monosyllables or between the final stressed syllables of polysyllabic words: book, cook; collect, direct

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masculine rhyme

in verse, a monosyllabic rhyme or a rhyme that occurs only in stressed final syllables (such as claims, flames or rare, despair). Compare feminine rhyme. Emily Dickinson used the masculine rhyme to great effect in the last stanza of "After great pain, a formal feeling comes-": This is the Hour of Lead-Remembered, if outlived,As Freezing persons, recollect the Snow-First-Chill-then Stupor-then the letting go-

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