Blind Rhyme or Hidden Rhyme

Hidden Rhyme or Blind Rhyme is an exercise verse, sometimes used in poetry workshops and classrooms in which the end-word of each line rhymes internally early within the next line. This practice appears to be a loose descendant from 4th century Celtic poet’s use of aicill rhyme.

Hidden Rhyme, or Blind Rhyme is:
• suited to light verse.
• structured at the discretion of the poet.
• best when L1 sets a rhythm and the following lines maintain the same cadence.
• composed with the end-word of each line rhymed internally in the following line.
• often but not always, written with the first line rhyming with the last line.

Battle Ground Judi Van Gorder

That darn gopher has got to go!
I know he is God’s creation,
but damnation, he is a pest
at best who burrows under ground
and is bound and determined to eat
the sweet and tender roots of my garden.
I’ll harden my heart and deliver the blow!

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My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

My example

Shit Creek (Blind Rhyme)

I’ve got to hurry must skedaddle
lost my paddle up the creek.
“Don’t freak son, we’ll get another
before your mother sez ‘Aw, shit!’
Run in that store and get a paddle.”

© Lawrencealot – November 18, 2014

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Blind Rhyme

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