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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 syllabication are unstressed. It is also commonly known as double triple rhyme.
Feminine rhyme, also called double triple rhyme, in poetry, [is] a rhyme involving two or three syllables (as in motion and ocean or willow and billow).— Britannica
feminine rhyme: double rhyme in verses with feminine endings (as motion, ocean)— Merriam-Webster
Masculine rhymes involve only one stressed syllable, as in 'fail'/'wail' and 'mine'/'thine'. Feminine rhymes consist of a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed syllable; for example, 'landing'/'standing'.
Masculine rhymes are either one-syllable words, or words that end on a stressed syllable...Feminine rhymes always end on an unstressed syllable. They are always two-syllable rhymes. (Masculine rhymes are one-syllable rhymes.)
The feminine rhyme is rare in a monosyllabic language such as English, but the gerund and participle suffix -ing can make it readily. 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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Rock and roll
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 Daddy Kane, Rakim, Notorious B.I.G, Lil Wayne, DMX, Pharoahe Monch, Eazy-E, MC Paul Barman, 2pac and Redman) have been known to string together large sequences of complex rhyme patterns.
- (1999) "Feminine rhyme", Britannica.com. Access date: May 18, 2017.
- "Feminine Rhyme." Merriam-Webster.com. Accessed May 18, 2017. rhyme https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feminine rhyme.
- Dupriez, Bernard Marie (1991). A Dictionary of Literary Devices: Gradus, A-Z, p.400. Halsall, Albert W.; trans. University of Toronto. ISBN 9780802068033.
- Pattison, Pat (1991). Songwriting: Essential Guide to Rhyming: A Step-by-Step Guide to Better Rhyming and Lyrics, p.7. Hal Leonard. ISBN 9781476867557.