We all know when two words rhyme. "Buy" rhymes with "pie" and "met" with "regret". This month we'll look at more complex or unusual rhymes.
is when several syllables rhyme. W.S. Gilbert's song "The Modern Major-General" uses multiple rhyme for humor:
I quote in elegiacs all the crimes of Heliogabalus
In conics I can floor peculiarities parabolous
, a kind of multiple rhyme, is when one long word rhymes with more than one short ones. A good example, also from "The Modern Major General", is when "lot o' news" rhymes with "hypotenuse".
Multiple rhymes of all types are serious business in modern hip-hop. Rappers like Eminem are known for their skill with multies. Big Punisher shows great dexterity in this bit of "My Turn":
In magic do I build, but math do be equally compatible
And secretively battle you
to reach my peak in equilateral
Not only do the underlined phrases rhyme, they also assonate in every syllable, and share the same stress pattern of / . . . / . .
The most extreme form of multiple rhyme is holorime
, when whole lines rhymes with each other. More common in French, it is sometimes done in English; the hard part is trying to make it make sense! Here's one example by Ronberge (taken out of context... find the whole poem here
Incite aloud to a wake, end on a bridge to nowhere...
Insight allowed to awaken, unabridged, to know where
This month, show us your multiple rhymes! Questions and comments about this lesson go in this thread. Your work can be posted as a separate thread with "Multiples" in the title (Example: Multiples - Not kidding with the hard-hitting man