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tail-rhyme


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(translated from the Latin rhythmus caudatus), the measure associated in particular with a group of Middle English romances in which a pair of rhyming lines is followed by a single line of different length and the three‐line pattern is repeated to make up a six‐line stanza. Chaucer's ‘Sir Thopas’ (see Canterbury Tales, 17) is an example.

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