Internal rhyme is a literary device in which two or more words within the same line of poetry rhyme with each other. This is different from end rhyme, which occurs at the end of a line of poetry. Internal rhyme is often used to create a musical or rhythmic effect in poetry, and can also serve to connect ideas or reinforce themes. Internal rhyme can be subtle or pronounced, and can occur with different types of rhyme, such as identical sounds, near rhymes, or consonant rhymes.
Examples of internal rhyme:
“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary” – This line from Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” uses internal rhyme with “dreary” and “weary.”
“Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December; And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.” – This excerpt from “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe uses internal rhyme with “December” and “ember.”
“Tyger Tyger, burning bright, In the forests of the night” – This excerpt from William Blake’s “The Tyger” uses internal rhyme with “Tyger” and “night.”