Slant Rhyme

Definition of Slant Rhyme:
Use of words that do not rhyme exactly but have a similar sound.

Example of Slant Rhyme:

Hope is the Thing with Feathers, by Emily Dickinson

"Hope" is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all,

Lines Written in Dejection, by William Butler Yeats

When have I last looked on
The round green eyes and the long wavering bodies
Of the dark leopards of the moon?
All the wild witches, those most noble ladies,..

Slant Rhyme Example

Slant Rhyme in poetry:
  • Definition of slant rhyme
  • Examples of slant rhyme
  • Examples of authors using slant rhyme
  • Explanation of how slant rhyme is used

Why are poetry examples important?

Studying examples of poems using various poetic devices like slant rhyme helps create an understanding of how those poetry terms work within different types of poetry.  For instance examples of poems using onomatopoeia can illustrate how sounds can be represented in poems.  Likewise, examples of poems using alliteration can shed light on how alliteration affects the rhythm of a poem.  Many poems can be an example of slant rhyme, but sometimes good examples are hard to find.  You'll find relevant, concise poetry examples here.

Can Poems be examples of more than one poetry term?

Absolutely.  Examples of poems using hyperbole are also examples of figurative language, since hyperbole is considered a type of figurative language.  That's just one example.  Poems usually contain multiple poetic terms and devices like slant rhyme.  The poetry examples contained in this site often link to other poetry devices of which that poem serves as an example.  However, we provide unique examples for each poetry term wherever possible.

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See also:    End Rhyme