Rhyme Royal

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Literary/ Cultural Context Note

  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 12: Global Voices, Global Histories: World Literatures and Cultures.

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.

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Editors. "Rhyme Royal". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2001
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