A seven-line stanza of iambic pentameter with the rhyme scheme a b a b b c c. It was named for James I who wrote verse in this form, although it had also been used by Chaucer and others.
Editors. "Rhyme Royal". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2001
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