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RHYME.
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lish, as compared with some other tongues, as ground for indulgence.
Of such are those that are widely different in the vowel sound, as:
Beauty and youth, and wealth and luxury, And sprightly hope, and short-enduring joy.
Dry den.
Or which are different, both in the vowel-sound and in the consonants which follow it, as:
All trades of death that deal in steel for gains Were there ; the butcher, armourer, and smith, Who forges sharpen'd falchions or the scythe.
Dry den.
Or those in which the consonants preceding the vowel are of the same sound, as :
But this bold lord, with manly strength endued, She with one finger and a thumb subdued.
Pope.
The last is an instance of pure assonance, which is not admissible into modern poetry, though it was common enough with our earlier writers, and is still allowable in French verse.
Another gross violation of the requirements of rhyme is where the preceding consonants have the same sound, and the vowel and what follows it different ones, as in atttempting to make a rhyme of scenes and sense.






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