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A feminine rhyme is a rhyme that matches two or more syllables, usually at the end of respective lines, in which the final syllable or syllables are unstressed.
Feminine rhyme in poetry
Feminine rhyme is relatively rare in English poetry and usually appears as a special effect. However, the Hudibrastic relies upon feminine rhyme for its comedy, and limericks will often employ outlandish feminine rhymes for their humor. Irish satirist Jonathan Swift used many feminine rhymes in his poetry.
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Feminine rhyme in music
In hip hop music, especially since the 1990s, the use of feminine rhyme in rapping (often referred to by the colloquial terms "multis" or "multirhymes" — a contraction of "multisyllabic rhymes") is considered a sign of technical skill, and rap artists (such as Elzhi, Eminem, Big Pun, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, Big L, Big T, Notorious B.I.G, Kool G Rap, DMX, Pharoahe Monch, Nas, Eyedea and Redman) have been known to string together large sequences of complex rhyme patterns.