The rhymes in Jonson’s poems help give them a musical quality. Rhyme occurs when the sounds of the accented vowels in words and all the succeeding sounds in the words are identical. Rhyme at the end of verse lines is called end rhyme ( joy and boy in the two lines above). The pattern of a poem’s end rhymes is its rhyme scheme. There are two basic types of rhymes.
• An exact rhyme occurs when two words sound exactly alike except for their consonant sounds, as in joy and boy.
• A slant rhyme, or off rhyme, occurs when the rhyme is approximate, as in come and doom.
Although rhymes normally fall on accented syllables, slant rhymes may pair an accented and an unaccented syllable, as in though and fellow.