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Rhyme in A Narrow Fellow in the Grass

Rhyme Examples in A Narrow Fellow in the Grass:

A Narrow Fellow in the Grass

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"Bone—..."   (A Narrow Fellow in the Grass)

Dickinson’s handling of end rhyme is elliptical and subtle. As the poem progresses, there are more and more instances of end rhyme, most notably between the second and fourth lines of each stanza: “seen”/“on”; “acre”/“corn”/“noon”; “me”/“cordiality”; and finally the satisfying resolution of “alone”/“Bone.”

"narrow Fellow..."   (A Narrow Fellow in the Grass)

An internal rhyme is a rhyme created by two or more words in the same line of verse. “narrow Fellow” is an example of an internal rhyme because of the repetition of the “ow” sound at the end of both words. The two words also create what is called a “slant rhyme,” which is a rhyme that forms similar, but not identical, sounds. In this case the slant rhyme is formed by the “rr” and “ll” consonant sounds in the respective words.

"A Floor too cool for Corn—..."   (A Narrow Fellow in the Grass)

This line serves as an excellent illustration of Dickinson’s subtle control of rhyme, assonance, and consonance. Most of the consonants in the line—f, c, and the liquids r and l—are repeated, often several times over. The assonance is equally pronounced: “Floor,” “for,” and “corn” all share vowel sound rhymes, as do “too” and “cool.” These musical flourishes do not necessarily figure in the poem’s thematic meaning, but they contribute greatly to the poem’s lyrical power.

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