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A rhyme in which two words are spelled similarly but pronounced differently.
Sphere, here: there, where
Sew: blew, hew, new, crew, dew, few.
Old English Poem using eye rhyme
The Brigs of Ayr by Robert Burns (1759-1796)
The simple Bard, rough at the rustic plough,
Learning his tuneful trade from ev’ ry bough;
The chanting linnet, or the mellow thrush,
Hailing the setting sun, sweet, in the green thorn bush;
The soaring lark, the perching red-breast shrill,
Or deep-ton’ d plovers, grey, wild-whistling o’ er the hill;
Shall he, nurst in the Peasant’ s lowly shed,
To hardy Independence bravely bred,
By early Poverty to hardship steel’ d, And train’ d to arms in stern Misfortune’ s field,
Shall he be guilty of their hireling crimes,
The servile, mercenary Swiss of rhymes?
Or labour hard the panegyric close,
With all the venal soul of dedicating Prose?
No! though his artless strains he rudely sings,
And throws his hand uncouthly o’ er the strings,
He glows with all the spirit of the Bard,
Fame, honest fame, his great, his dear reward.
Still, if some Patron’ s gen’ rous care he trace, Skill’ d in the secret, to bestow with grace;
When B[allantine] befriends his humble name,
And hands the rustic stranger up to fame,
With heartfelt throes his grateful bosom swells,
The godlike bliss, to give, alone excels.
“Rhyme.” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2011): 1. MAS Ultra – School Edition. Web. 23 Apr. 2012.
Burns, Robert. Poems and Songs. Vol. VI. The Harvard Classics. New York: P.F. Collier & Son, 1909–14; Bartleby.com, 2001.