Talk:Half rhyme

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
WikiProject Poetry (Rated Start-class, Mid-importance)
WikiProject iconThis redirect is within the scope of WikiProject Poetry, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of poetry on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
Start-Class article Start  This redirect does not require a rating on the project's quality scale.
 Mid  This redirect has been rated as Mid-importance on the project's importance scale.

I don't understand that Yates example at all. Can someone highlight the half-rhymes in bold?

I've tried to make it a little clearer. Stumps 04:46, 24 October 2006 (UTC)

Eye Rhyme?[edit]

Half rhyme, sometimes called slant, sprung or near rhyme, and less commonly eye rhyme (a term covering a broader phenomenon), is consonance on the final consonants of the words involved.

This mention of "eye rhyme" in the definition strikes me as potentially confusing, since it seems to imply that some people use the term "eye rhyme" as a synonym of "half rhyme". Also, to call eye rhyme a "broader phenomenon" could suggest that "half rhyme" is a subset of "eye rhyme". But "eye rhyme" is defined in its own entry as "a similarity in spelling between words that are pronounced differently", i.e. a completely different phenomenon. The fact that some words is English count as both eye rhymes and half rhymes (e.g. fiend : friend) is a coincidence, an accident of the history of the English language spoken and written, rather than anything inherent in the relationship between the two phenomena. --Dependent Variable, 17 July 2007.

One of the other terms is "Allowable Rhyme"Saxophobia (talk) 16:11, 16 April 2008 (UTC)

Slant Rhyme in Music[edit]

Has there been any studies or discussion of this in music, particularly hip hop where rhyming techniques became increasingly complex in the 1990's? (talk) 19:03, 12 October 2008 (UTC)


This is perhaps not a good example, since in some American accents (possibly including Dickinson's) the two words rhyme perfectly (e.g. as [ol], [sol]). RandomCritic (talk) 03:35, 10 November 2009 (UTC)

Half rhyme in Icelandic Verse[edit]

While half rhyme can be found in Icelandic verse - though rarely - it is certainly not accepted practice and is, at best, allowed in very informal verses. Every writer on this subject, from Snorri Sturluson (born 1179) to the present day, considers it inferior and warns against it. The article, however, suggests that its use is accepted and standard, which is simply false. Not surprisingly, the article quotes no reference for the assertion. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:55, 18 September 2010 (UTC)

Unsubstantiated claim; unclear phrase[edit]


'The term 'slant rhyme' has been called into question due to its misleading meaning. A 'slant rhyme' suggests the words rhyme (which they do not) in a slanted fashion as opposed to nearly rhyming or half rhyming.'

the claim of being called into question is unsubstantiated.

Also, the phrase 'half rhyming' is not at all clear in its intended meaning, if, indeed, it has any. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:01, 2 December 2011 (UTC)

The Value of Half Rhyme[edit]

This article doesn't mention the positive aspect or the value of half-rhyming or slant rhyming that would sometimes attract great poets including Yeats and others. Here are a few attractions of slant rhyme: First, it allows a poet to break away from what Milton complained about in rhyme, or the jingle-jangle of perfect rhymes. It allows the poet to use rhyme but with subtlety, and with the device itself being less assertive. Second, it makes available to the poet yet another tone or quality, a tone that is different, perhaps softer, and novel. Third, it offers the poet opportunities for irony and ironic humor when the rhyme makes an issue of the amount of distance it travels away from a perfect rhyme. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:26, 4 March 2012 (UTC)

Incorrect example[edit]

The example by The Hives is not half rhyme; it is forced rhyme, in which at least one of the words is altered to make a rhyme. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:01, 26 June 2016 (UTC)