Created By: neoYTPism on May 16, 2011 Last Edited By: neoYTPism on May 26, 2011

Rhyme Without Rhythm

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"He was a farmer, then he tried to take his neighbour's land and became a murderer. Now he is a prisoner."
- Henri Ducard from Batman Begins on a murderer in a League of Shadows cage. (Viewable here.)

Do We Have This One?? Oh, and I am open to title suggestions. (That, and proposals for an alternate description; I am not quite sure how to describe this concept. The above examples illustrate it better than my current brief description does.)

This is for when rhyming words are connected, but not by any particular syllable structure, or at least not a recognizable one.

Examples:

  • The Distressed Watcher, on the connections between action and dialogue in the Star Wars series:
    "Look back on the epic battle in Return of the Jedi. It wasn't 20 solid minutes of Luke and Darth doing battle with their lightsabers, it was mainly conversation, emotional confrontation, and intellectual persuasion, with violence as punctuation, as a natural outgrowth of the situation."
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  • May 16, 2011
    jaytee
    Internal Rhyme is the literary term for this concept.
  • May 17, 2011
    neoYTPism
    You sure? @ jaytee
  • May 17, 2011
    StyxD
    You know, after reading the one-sentence description I have no idea what this is supposed to be about. Elaborate a little, maybe? Is this in any way related to Painful Rhyme?
  • May 17, 2011
    jaytee
    ^^I am sure. It's only used for poetry, but it's the exact same concept.

    Internal rhyme is a rhyme anywhere except a caesura (a complete stop in a poem, or a line break). This trope is the same thing, applied outside of poetry.
  • May 17, 2011
    jaytee
    Of course, maybe I'm misreading the OP's intention with this trope. But you can rest assured that my definition of "internal rhyme" would get you full credit in a college English course.
  • May 18, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Got it.

    Still though, something more intuitive would be ideal for a site where most users presumably aren't English majors.
  • May 19, 2011
    jaytee
    At the very least, it needs to be a redirect. I won't discuss how intuitive it is, being an English major myself. Small Reference Pools and all.
  • May 20, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Well, Redirects Are Free and they can be decided after this is launched anyway.
  • May 20, 2011
    Dcoetzee
    For a title, I like Rhyme Without Rhythm.
  • May 20, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Ooh, good one, thanks. @ Dcoetzee
  • May 22, 2011
    Micah
    Rhyme Without Rhythm could easily apply to certain non-internal rhymes as well (see: almost anything Ogden Nash ever wrote). Do you want to include those?
  • May 22, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Give an example @ Micah
  • May 22, 2011
    Micah
    The first entry on this page.
  • May 26, 2011
    neoYTPism
    That example seems to have about the same numbers of syllables line to line though @ Micah
  • May 26, 2011
    Micah
    Yeah, but the lines aren't any more rhythmic than ordinary prose. Think about where the stresses fall -- it's basically random.
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