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In poetry, internal rhyme, or middle rhyme, is rhyme that occurs in a single line of verse.

Internal rhyme occurs in the middle of a line, as in these lines from Coleridge, "In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud" or "Whiles all the night through fog-smoke white" ("The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"), or in "Ah, distinctly I remember, it was in the bleak December" from "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe. Internal rhyme is also used extensively in modern hip hop music, being pioneered by Rakim in the 1980s. More internal rhyme from "The Raven" by Edgar Alen Poe is as follows:

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
"'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door
Only this, and nothing more."





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