Poetry Kaleidoscope: Guide to Poetry
Half rhyme, sometimes known as slant, sprung or
near rhyme, and less commonly
rhyme (a term covering a broader phenomenon), is
consonance on the final consonants of the words involved. It is
widely used in Irish, Welsh, and Icelandic
Some examples are ill and shell and dropped and
The first English poet to use half rhyme was
Henry Vaughan, but it was not until it was used in the works of W. B. Yeats and
Gerard Manley Hopkins that half rhyme became popular among English-language
poets. In the 20th century half-rhyme has been used widely by English poets.
Often, as in most of Yeats's poems, it is mixed with regular rhymes,
- When have I last looked on
- The round green eyes and the long wavering bodies
- Of the dark leopards of the moon?
- All the wild witches, those most noble ladies,
- (Yeats, "Lines written in Dejection")
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