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Midword Rhyme
Many poems follow some sort of rhyme scheme—AABBA, ABAB etc. This is generally an end rhyme; the rhyming words come at the end of each successive line. Generally the rhyme ends up even, and each line is a complete phrase, if not a complete sentence.

And then... there are these.

If you write out the poem or lyrics in lines, they will rhyme... so long as you cut words between two lines. Or three, but that would get silly.

Tends to overlap with a Least Rhymable Word, as a way of getting around it (without "chilver" or "doorhinge").

Please note that the word has to be completed for this to work. Otherwise it's an abbreviation, a Curse Cut Short, or a Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion.

This is the extreme form of what is technically known as "enjambment," spreading a phrase or sentence over two lines instead of fitting each thought to its own line.

Examples

Film
  • In The Great Mouse Detective, Ratigan's Villain Song "The World's Greatest Criminal Mind" includes this line:
    An even grimmer
    Plan has been simmer-
    -ing in my great criminal brain!
  • In The Prince of Egypt, the song "Deliver Us" includes the following line:
    Help us now,
    in this dark hou-
    -r
  • In Thumbelina, Jacquimo's Charm Song turned Crowd Song "Follow Your Heart" has this stanza:
    If you have to journey far
    Here's a little trick
    You don't need a guiding star
    Trust your ticker, get there quicker
    • Not to mention this:
    North or South or East or West?
    Where to point your shoes?
    Which direction is the best?
    If the choosing gets confusing,
    Maybe it's the map you're using!
  • In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the beginning of "Out there" has this back and forth between Frollo and Quasimodo:
    I am your only friend.
    You are my one defend-
    -er.
    • And later in "Out there," we have this triplet:
    Out there, sitting in the sun,
    Give me one day
    Out there, all I ask is one,
    To hold forever
    Out there, where they all live un-
    -aware...

Music
  • Tom Lehrer
    Eating an orange
    While making love
    Makes for bizarre enj-
    oyment thereof.
    • The opening to Lehrer's song "We'll All Go Together When We Go":
    When you attend a funeral
    It is sad to think that sooner or l-
    ater those you love will do the same for you...
    And you may have thought it tragic
    Not to mention other adjec-
    tives to think of all the weeping they will do...
  • "The Way You Look Tonight" (originally from the film Swing Time, now a jazz standard):
    Oh, but you're lovely,
    With your smile so warm
    And your cheeks so soft,
    There is nothing for m-
    e but to love you,
    And the way you look tonight.
  • Arlo Guthrie's "Motorcycle Song" (allegedly written while falling off a cliff after trying to play an acoustic guitar while riding a motorcycle):
    I don't want a pickle
    Just want to ride on my motor-sickle
    And I don't want a tickle
    'Cause I'd rather ride on my motor-sickle
    And I don't want to die
    Just want to ride on my motorcy... cle.
    I knew that it wasn't the best song l ever wrote, but I didn't have time to change it. I was comin' down mighty fast.
  • From the Capitol Steps song "The Hardest Rhyme" (to the tune of "The Longest Time"):
    We can't rhyme Yeltsin
    We'll have to pull our belts in
    Do something else in-
    stead of finding rhymes
  • Alan Jackson's "Like Red on a Rose" has one:
    And I love you like only little children love pennies
    And I love you 'cause I know that I can't do any�
    �thing wrong
  • The Decemberists' "The Legionnaire's Lament":
    Medicating in the sun
    Pinched doses of laudanum
    Longing for the old fecund-
    -ity of my homeland.
  • Bob Dylan's "Hurricane":
    We wanna put his ass in stir
    We wanna pin this triple mur-
    -der on him
  • Comedian and musician Richard Stilgoe's 45-minute poem Who Pays The Piper?, which humorously outlines the history of music from Pan to the present day, contains a song outlining Chopin's life, set to the Minute Waltz, which contains several of these:
    ...and went off to Vienna and Berlin,
    where he met Hummel and Paganin-
    -i the great violin virtuoso.
    • And:
    She used to smoke cigars,
    and would habitually wear trous-
    -ers, collar, tie and crew cut hair.
  • Peter Schickele presented a song based on the name "Mindy", which included the following break:
    suffer from a vitamin de-
    ficiency...

Radio
  • In the final episode of the first series of Mitch Benn's Crimes Against Music, he and Richard Stilgoe are having a satirical song contest; when Stilgoe challenges Benn to continue the song "I went to the supermarket and there I bought an orange", Mitch melts. But he later comes back:
    Everybody knows ain't nothing rhymes with orange
    Doesn't matter how much imagination or ing-
    enuity you use, even words that are foreign j-
    ust better let it go, ain't nothing rhymes with orange

Theater
  • "In A Little While" from Once Upon a Mattress:
    My time is at a premium
    For soon the world will see me a m-
    aternal bride-to-be
  • Bye Bye Birdie's "Put On a Happy Face":
    Wipe off that gloomy mask of tragedy
    It's not your style
    You'll look so good that you'll be glad ya de-
    cided to smile
  • From Wicked:
    • "A Sentimental Man":
    And helping you with your ascent al-
    -lows me to feel so parental
    • "Popular":
    Don't be offended by my frank analysis
    Think of it as personality dialysis
    Now that I've chosen to become a pal, a sis-
    -ter and adviser
    There's nobody wiser
    • Also in "Popular":
    There's nothing that can stop you
    From becoming popu-
    lar.
    • Frequently in "Defying Gravity":
    It's time to try / Kiss me goodbye / Just you and I / I'm flying high
    defy-
    ing gravity.
  • "Ladies In Their Sensitivities" from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street:
    When a girl's emergent
    Probably it's urgent
    You defer to her gent-
    -ility, my Lord
  • "Magic to Do" from Pippin:
    Journey, journey to a spot ex-
    citing, mystic and exotic
    Journey through our anecdotic revue
  • "How I saved Roosevelt" from Assassins contains a mid-letter rhyme, which when written down looks sort of like:
    We'd have been left
    Bereft
    Of FD
    R
  • "Superstar" from Jesus Christ Superstar:
    Did you mean to die like that? Was that a mistake, or
    Did you know your messy death would be a record break
    -er?
  • "I Miss The Mountains" from Next To Normal:
    All these blank
    and tranq-
    -uil years
    Seems they've dried up all my tears

Meta
  • Daniel F. Wallace
    When mired in a problem's confusion,
    heed not to the boundary illusion.
    So when rhyming with orange,
    one has to be more inge-
    nious to find a solution.

Web Original
  • Epic Rap Battles of History has this during the fight between the Wright Brothers and the Mario Brothers.
    Luigi: HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW?
    Mario: Spit flames out our mouth
    Both: Like our name was Bow�-SER
  • Goldentusk's With Lyrics version of the Halloween theme does this once; perhaps unnecessarily, since the running rhyme of the song is a long E sound.
    His sense of life and death and good and e-
    vil seemed extremely rudimentary
  • In one episode of "Doofenshmirtz's Daily Dirt", Dr. Doofenshmirtz raps this gem:
    Can a doctor get a melody or maybe a chorus?
    Today's rap artists, well, they kind of ignore
    A certain older demographic...
  • Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog takes this Up to Eleven in Brand New Day:
    This appeared
    as a mor-
    -al dilemma
    'cause at first
    it was weird
    though I swore
    to elimi-
    -nate the worst
    of the plague
    that devou-
    -ered humanity
    it's true
    I was vague
    on the how
    so how can it be
    that you...

Western Animation
  • South Park quotes a playground rhyme that combines this with some Inverted Curse Cut Short. Snippet:
    Miss Lucy had a steam boat
    The steamboat had a bell,
    Miss Lucy went to heaven and the
    Steamboat went to...Hell-
    o operator
South Park's version, however, is much naughtier than the original playground song. Specifically, mention is made of "cont-aminated water."

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