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Questions about words that have the same sound as one another. E.g. 'pique' and 'leek'

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Did “find” rhyme with “joined” in the 18th century?

I notice that in Alexander Pope's poem, An Essay on Criticism (1711), lines 669-70, there is the following couplet: In grave Quintilian’s copious works we find The justest rules and clearest method ...
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Did the words "come" and "home" historically rhyme?

The third stanza of the hymn Amazing Grace is Thro' many dangers, toils, and snares,     I have already come; 'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,     And grace will lead me home. In this hymn ...
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What are multiword homonyms called? [closed]

For an example like “Francis Bacon” vs “France is Bacon”, what is this called, and how can I find more common examples of them? It comes up a lot in speech recognition machine learning, or simply ...
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Is there a rhyme between 'will -- commonweal'?

Is there an internal rhyme in the last line of Gerard Manley Hopkins' poem The Times are Nightfall? Or what is else? There is your world within. There rid the dragons, root out there the sin. Your ...
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Rhyming answers with implicit irritation to the words like "where", "who", "well", etc

‎Are there any rhyming words with which one answers to or comments the words like "where", "who", "how" or "so" and "well" or "like" (which ...
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Do precious and pretentious rhyme? [closed]

Do the words precious and pretentious rhyme? What are the relevant rhyme rules? Both words end in « ious » , and they are both pronounced consistently. However, when saying them out loud, they don’t ...
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Reading of Swift's On Poetry correctly

Jonathan Swift wrote once that So, naturalists observe, a flea Hath smaller fleas that on him prey; And these have smaller still to bite 'em; And so proceed ad infinitum. You can see that to bite '...
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What does this bit of Cockney mean?

In the 2nd episode of the 3rd season of Would I Lie To You?, a fragment is shown from a 1985 episode of London Weekend Television's The Six O'Clock Show, with someone purporting to be a former Teddy ...
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Looking for two synonyms for success/failure which rhyme [closed]

I’m looking for two words with the following conditions: Word A is a synonym of “success” (or is the word “success”). Word B is a synonym of “failure” (or is the word “failure”). Words A and B rhyme. ...
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Does broidered rhyme with whirred?

Does broidered rhyme with whirred? https://www.rhymezone.com/r/rhyme.cgi?Word=whirred&typeofrhyme=perfect&org1=syl&org2=l&org3=y Rhymezone says it doesn't rhyme, but another dictionary ...
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What is the name of the poetic device where the author creates neologisms/malaprops to complete the rhyme?

I just learned about slant rhyming where you use a distorted not quite rhyme. Emily Dickinson is noted or these. (I personally don't like these, as they distract. Much like trying to make a pun on ...
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Wordsmith, singer, Leonard Cohen was perplexed as what word rhymes with orange? [duplicate]

My first question was basically, "What word, or words, rhyme with orange? The word "tinge" was not included in any of the answers, or words presented to me. Thank you for your patience ...
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How were 'eyes' and '-ies' pronounced in Shakespeare's times? [duplicate]

Reading through 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' I've noticed that Shakespeare repeatedly rhymed 'eyes' with some of the words ending with '-ies' (e.g. 'companies', 'qualities'). Obviously that means that ...
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Shakespeare's dubious rhymes [duplicate]

Background I'm reading A Midsummer Night's Dream, and a lot of the dialogues and monologues are rhymes. But some times, these rhymes aren't rhymes at all. For instance So should the murder'd look, ...
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What term would describe the following poetry elements like rhyme, alliteration, assonance, etc. that relate to the way the word is sounded?

I'm looking for a word that categorizes rhyme, alliteration, assonance, etc. that relate to the way the word is sounded into one group/word. I hear that it could be called "sound devices" ...
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Rules for Near Rhymes

I seem to be confused about the rules for near rhymes. Specifically are 'slate' and 'pursuit' near rhymes? They seem to me to be so (the vowel sound is different) yet all the references I've checked ...
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Can one write poems that follows a rhyme scheme but no metre?

As a non-English speaker, I wonder if one can write English poems that follow a rhyme scheme but no metre? If so, what is this form called? And can you kindly point out notable poets that practised ...
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Do words like phase and space rhyme?

Or is there another way to compare them how they sound similar?
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Why doesn't "bounce" rhyme with "counts"?

I was surprised to learn, recently, that various online rhyming dictionaries do not consider "bounce" and "counts" to be perfect rhymes. See, for example, here and here. At the same time, when I say ...
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Is there a word for a word (ex of ‘word’:near rhyme) that has a rhyme with the middle of a word?

For example, I reaLIzed that you are a LIE The caps are the rhyming part
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Spelling or Saying Words Differently to Create a Rhyme

What is the name for wordplay in which a word is spoken or spelled differently to make a rhyme? For example: I'm running this shit you should try tacklin', Lil Wayne in one word immaculin [...
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she sells seashells type of rhyming style

You know how the pairing of words she sells & the word seashells sound similar in rhyme , is there a specific type of technique that has more than one word rhyme with one word?
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Have "choir" and "deer" ever rhymed?

It’s that time of year when the dodgy rhymes of Christmas carols abound, but I find the chorus of "The Holly and the Ivy" particularly intriguing. The rising of the sun And the running of ...
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Why does orange have a rhyme?

As a child most of us are taught that nothing rhymes with orange. But now grown up I discover that there are rhymes, for example, on RhymeZone, they show that sporange and gorringe are rhymes. (I'm ...
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Is there a name for words rhyming from two different stanzas?

Im analyzing this poem, and I noticed that none of the words rhyme with each other in a stanza, but words rhyme with another word from tge next stanza. I understand rhyme scheme is supposed to be ...
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Are "wuzzy" and "was he" homophones?

Can you have multiple-word homophones? If not, what would such pairs of same-sounding multiple words be called? There is the funny/children's rhyming poem Fuzzy Wuzzy: Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. ...
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Is there a specific term for ending a rhyming line with something unexpected?

Please note that I've tried googling variations on this, but usually just end up with "words that rhyme with unexpected" which is obviously not what I'm going for. There's a technique I've seen used ...
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Is stress-timed rhythm true?

It is said that English has stress-timed rhythm. Is it true? because it sounds that syllables with stress doesn't necessarily get a beat and make isochrony. If it is true, I would like to hear how you ...
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What is the name of this rhyme scheme: ABABCCDDC?

What is the name of this rhyme scheme: A B A B C C D D C A list of (other) rhyme schemes can be found here. An example can be found on this page. Sweet Destiny by Jan Turner (stanza 1) Oh ...
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Rules of metrics rhythm and rhyme in poetry, do they exist in English?

I know there are a lot of rules and guidelines in english, for writing a good essay (especially around S.A.T. season!) No such thing in spanish, though! However, for writing poems Spanish does have a ...
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A pronunciation question of slough

So I see there is another question asked here before about the different pronunciations of -ough but my concern is not quite the same. So I am preparing for my presentation tomorrow on interesting ...
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Did "sublime" and "cherubim" rhyme in the past?

In my choir we are currently practicing some carols, including See amid the the winter's snow, which was written by Edward Caswall (1814–1878). Its six verses and refrain each have two pairs of very ...
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An English word rhyming with perfection, meaning happiness, success, enjoyment, etc

The reason why I might have a very low self-esteem has to be the fact that I tried all my life to go for perfection, so I never saw my strengths, I just looked for faults and issues to correct. Other ...
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Did noted 17th century poet Katherine Philips make a grammatical error?

Does the last line of the first stanza of Katherine Philips's poem, To Mrs. M. A. at parting have a grammatical error? It's surprising that a renowned poet and translator at that time would use the ...
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What is it called when poems rhyme the second-last word in two lines?

There's one thing I've seen occasionally in poetry (the only examples that currently spring to mind are from Edgar Allan Poe, but I know I've also seen it elsewhere) where instead of using two ...
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Is there a term for this kind of wordplay (rhyming slang)? [duplicate]

Swapping the phonemes of often used phrases while keeping them the same size and structure, for example: Washing the Dishes -> Wishing the Dashes / Dashing the Wishes (or even Flushing the Fishes) ...
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English equivalent of Polish saying "Uncle replaced hatchet with stick"

Consider another nice Polish saying "Zamienił stryjek siekierkę na kijek" that literally means "Uncle replaced hatchet with stick" but I managed to form it into a little rhyme just like in Polish (I ...
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How is it called, when you rhyme two words, one of which is transformed?

Comedian Hannibal Buress once rhymed “Morpheus” with “seashells by the seashorfeus” (see also full text). The latter phrase references a tongue-twister that goes “she sells seashells by the seashore”. ...
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Concerning Assonance

Assonance, also known as "slant rhyme," is a repetition of vowel sounds that creates an illusion of rhyming. Wikipedia notes that it's "used in (mainly modern) English poetry." Which leads me to ...
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A Vowel Shift Question

Two lines from Byron's Don Juan: 'T is said that Donna Julia's grandmamma Produced her Don more heirs at love than law. This is the coda to an octave, the finalizing couplet, and it's supposed to ...
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Is there a name for a rhyme scheme where the rhyming words have conflicting/twisted meaning?

I'm trying to analyse the Ballad of Serenity Valley which is the theme song for the tv series Firefly: take my love take my land take me where I cannot stand I don't care I'm still free ...
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Is there an English translation of Dante's "Divine Comedy" that mirrors the original's meter? [closed]

I know it would be extremely difficult to write anything in English using the Terza Rima and following the same rhyme pattern as feminine rhymes (the ones in which the penultimate syllable is stressed)...
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Childhood, English(England) rhymes are so disappointing,why? [closed]

When I was a kid, I was taught these poems: Georgie porgie Humpty Dumpty I know Humpty Dumpty was actually a canon, but still it was taught as Egg twins. So only take it on context of rhyme. Piggy ...
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Why don't "monkey" and "donkey" rhyme?

How come the words monkey /ˈmʌŋki/ and donkey /ˈdɒŋki, ˈdɔŋki/ don't rhyme? What is their derivation? Or perhaps they do rhyme, depending on where one is from.
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Term for when a rhyming word is unspoken?

I was watching a cartoon and part way through a song came on, and it had these two stanzas: Why do you have to look up to her Aside from in a literal sense? Don't you know that a power that big Comes ...
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What is "irregular rhyme?"

In my search for the definition for the poetry term "doggerel," which I still do not understand, I came across the term "irregular rhyme." Can someone explain the definition of these terms, and how ...
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Does any word rhyme with 'wolf'?

I would like to know if there are rhyming words (perfect, identical or holorhymes) for the word wolf. Having searched online only for a short while, I believe there might be a word lurking about. Gulf ...
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Rhyme that matches the entire last syllable

I'm looking at a phenomenon in certain Hebrew poetry whereby the rhyming words have the entire final syllable (CVC) matching, instead of just the end of the final syllable (-VC). Using English ...
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Why is it called a 'feminine rhyme'?

While researching for the rhyme scheme used by hip-hop artists (Hail Eminem!), I found this wikipedia article: A feminine rhyme is a rhyme that matches two or more syllables, usually at the end of ...
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In what parts of the world do "again" and "rain" rhyme?

I sometimes read rhyming poetry where "again" and "rain" are clearly meant to rhyme. However in my accent they don't rhyme at all. I am now wondering in which accents they do rhyme.
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