Half Rhyme Examples
Half Rhyme is the term used to refer to words that nearly rhyme-but not quite. Often, poets are able to use words that sound similar-similar ending consonant sounds-but do not exactly match-differing middle vowel sounds.
There are other terms that mean the same thing as half rhyme: approximate rhyme or imperfect rhyme.
Examples of Half Rhyme in Poetry:
From Yeats' "Lines Written in Dejection":
When have I last looked on
The round green eyes and the long wavering bodies
Of the dark leopards of the moon?
Also from Yeats' "Sailing to Byzantium":
That is no country for old me. The young
In one another's arms, birds in the trees
-Those dying generations-at their song,
From Emily Dickenson's "The Thing With Feathers":
"Hope" is the thing with feathers-
That perches in the soul-
And sings the tune without the words-
And never stops-at all-
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