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Internal Rhyme
We are used to seeing end rhymes, those rhymes which fall at the end of a sentence or phrase. An internal rhyme occurs within a line of verse. Here are several examples of internal rhyme found in the books When You're a Pirate Dog and Other Pirate Poems and Tall Tales of the Wild West (And a Few Short Ones).

Poems from When You're a Pirate Dog and Other Pirate Poems
Examples of Internal Rhyme
The Missing Pirate Flag
From coast to coast, we boast and brag...
...though we scrounged and looked around...
Jerry, the Juggling Pirate
A staggering sight as they loop left and right
But ask, "Do you miss?" and he'll shrug and say this,
You'll holler! You'll cheer! But you won't stand too near...
Crusty and Rusty and Musty McGee
You chaps are a gristly, bristly bunch.
The Pirate Molly Mae
I've heard it said she makes her bed...
Seven Clever Pirates
...with wooden pegs instead of legs...
We're impolite. We fuss and fight...
We left the shore a month or more...
Off the Map
Win or fail, we're setting sail...
They hoped the best and headed west...
Now some have guessed their days were blessed...
Poems from Tall Tales of the Wild West (And a Few Short Ones)
Examples of Internal Rhyme
Mulligan Martinson Marley McGraw
They slept under tables. They crept under chairs.
They filled all the benches and stables and stairs.
The Armadillo
I hope, my friend, you don't intend...
Her Darling Valentine
And the label on her stable...
Kind and clever friend forever...
Fierce and fright'ning, fast as lightning,...
And she hurried, made and worried,...
And she packed them, and she stacked them...
"Here's a lesson: Don't be messin'...
Horseflies
...mighty tough. They're big and rough and wild.















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