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Rhymed Cluster instead of one. An example of this is found in "Animal Fair," whose rhyming may
be represented by the lettering (a
(b (b (a IV c. The Supplemented Rhymed Clusters. They are well represented in Negro Rhymes. Some have a single supplement as in "Negroes Never Die,"
(a whose rhyming is lettered (a
(a-x Some have double supplements as in "Frog Went a-
(a - x Courting" whose rhyming is lettered (a
(a-x Now Negroes did not retain, permanently, mean­ingless words in their Rhymes. The Rhymes them­selves were "calls" and had meaning. The "sponses," such as "Holly Dink," "Jing-Jang," "Oh, fare you well," " 'Tain't gwineter rain no more," etc., that had no meaning, died year after year and new "sponses" and songs came into existence.
Let us see what these permanently retained seem­ingly senseless Supplements mean.

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