Rhyme in The Moon

Rhyme Examples in The Moon:

Text of the Poem 2

"mass..."   (Text of the Poem)

Notice that the final line of this stanza breaks the rhyme scheme: “mass” does not resolves the rhyme of “east” in this couplet. This leaves the reader with an uneasy feeling going into the next stanza.

"pale..."   (Text of the Poem)

The first stanza consists of heroic couplets, or pair of lines in iambic pentameter that have matching end rhymes. Heroic couplets create a smooth, flowing effect that carries the reader effortlessly through long sentences or phrases. When stacked on top of each other, heroic couplets create a lulling effect that may mask some of the bolder, or more shocking, claims or images within a poem. Readers are carried along with the speaker, rather than questioning or doubting the speaker.