One Verse Every Week 'END RHYME'

Updated: Aug 7, 2021

TAIL RHYME? You have that wrong, not quite at the END of my TAIL!

This is the most common form of rhyme and also the most discernible type of rhyming pattern in a poem or verse. This is an aural rhyme, unlike the eye rhyme we discussed earlier.

An end rhyme occurs when the final syllables or words of two or more lines of a poetic structure are similar sounding. Simply because it occurs towards the end of a line it is also referred to as tail rhyme.

This one stanza poem written by the eighteenth century poet, Laetitia Pilkington, The Wish, By a Young Lady has end rhymes, of the rhyme scheme aa, bb, cc, dd.

I ask not wit, nor beauty do I crave, (a)
Nor wealth, nor pompous titles wish to have; (a)
But since, 'tis doomed through all degrees of life, (b)
Whether a daughter, sister, or a wife; (b)
That females should the stronger males obey, (c)
And yield implicit to their lordly sway; (c)
Since this, I say, is ev'ry woman's fate, (d)
Give me a mind to suit my slavish state. (d)



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