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Blind Rhyme or Hidden Rhyme

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Explore the Craft of Writing
Light Verse

Hidden Rhyme or Blind Rhyme is an exercise verse, sometimes used in poetry workshops and classrooms in which the end-word of each line rhymes internally early within the next line. This practice appears to be a loose descendant from 4th century Celtic poet's use of aicill rhyme.

The defining features of the Hidden Rhyme, or Blind Rhyme are:

  1. suited to light verse.
  2. structured at the discretion of the poet.
  3. best when L1 sets a rhythm and the following lines maintain the same cadence.
  4. composed with the end-word of each line rhymed internally in the following line.
  5. often but not always, written with the first line rhyming with the last line.

    Battle Ground Judi Van Gorder

    That darn gopher has got to go!
    I know he is God's creation,
    but damnation, he is a pest
    at best who burrows under ground
    and is bound and determined to eat
    the sweet and tender roots of my garden.
    I'll harden my heart and deliver the blow!

~~The Enemy~~ pocketgopherpokingheadoutofhole-1.jpg

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