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  • n. A verse form in which the consonants of two words are the identical (in sound), but the vowels of the words are different.


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para- +‎ rhyme


  • Readers who would like to have a more detailed account of how this war changed poetic form and technique Owen's innovative use of "pararhyme" being the most obvious example will have to look elsewhere.

    Versed in the Horror of War

  • She catalogues these, in addition to consonance and assonance, as pararhyme (nine-noon), unstressed (given-heaven), augmented

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XII No 3

  • It’s an almost impossible effect to get across in English (the effect seems to me something like Owen’s pararhyme, as one thing transforms into another by the shift of a vowel – with the difference that in modern Greek u, ei, oi, i, and e all actually sound the same), though I do wish more translators would at least try to get across some of his formal elements.

    Dipodic Verse : A.E. Stallings : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation


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  • Hmmm. I don't recall ever hearing the term but I can't rule it out. Very interesting.

    June 15, 2014

  • And I may once have dreamed about creating new words by stuffing The Compleat Works of fbharjo in a blender.

    June 15, 2014

  • The hundredth anniversary of the start of World War I is approaching and I am hearing and reading a lot about it. I have been moved to read some of the poetry of Wilfred Owen and I learned today that he was a sometime practitioner of pararhyme. This is the type of rhyme for which bilby issued his clarion call in recent comments on crikey. I did not know that it had a name and a history. I wonder if bilby did or if this was a playful and accidental reinvention?

    With bilby the scheme is freshly minted,

    Afresh the rhythmic steed is mounted,

    In new ways to wander.

    But always we'll wonder

    If he was joking or if bilby meant it.

    The technique greatly reduces "rhyming" candidates and can produce labored verse, but Owen achieved some impressive effects with it. You can see these in the two poems linked to below.

    Strange Meeting

    Arms and the Boy

    June 14, 2014