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NEGRO FOLK RHYMES
HI a. The Regular Rhyming Doublet. It is the same as our common interwoven rhyme and is very common among Negro Rhymes. There is one pe­culiar Interwoven Rhyme found in our collection; it is "Watermelon Preferred." In it the second Rhym­ing Doublet is divided by a kind of parenthetic Rhythmic Solitaire.
III  b. The Inverted Rhyming Doublet. It is the same as our ordinary Close Rhyme.
The writer had expected to find the Supplemented Rhyming Doublet among Negro Rhymes but pe­culiarly enough it does not seem to exist.
IV  a. The Regular Rhymed Cluster. It con­sists of three consecutive lines in the same stanza which rhyme. An example is found in "Bridle Up a Rat," one of whose stanzas we have already quoted. It is represented by the lettering (a
(a (a IV. b. The Divided Rhymed Cluster. It in­cludes ordinary Interrupted Rhyme—with the let­tering (a An example is found in the Ebo or (a Guinea Rhyme "Tree Frogs." (b (a But in Negro Folk Rhymes two lines may divide the
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