Dr. Seuss's rhyme, perfect every time?
January 2, 2011 8:03 PM Subscribe
Did Dr. Seuss use half-rhymes?
posted by lore to Writing & Language (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
It bothers me, far more than it should, when someone writes a Dr. Seuss parody and uses half-rhymes. ("Have you done it packed in rubber?/Have you done it undercover?") As far as I can remember, and as far as I've looked, Dr. Seuss never used half-rhymes.
I don't, however, have everything Seuss wrote at hand, so it's possible that I missed a place where he rhymed "me" with "cheese" or whatnot.
I'd love to get a definitive answer one way or the other. So, can someone out there either show me where Seuss settled on a half-rhyme, or give me a more definitive source than my own memory or some random person on the Web confirming that he only used perfect rhymes?
Due diligence: I'm aware that a pair of words may rhyme in one dialect but not another ("rain"/"again") and that some words have more than one pronunciation ("data"). Ideally I'm looking for words that are unequivocally not perfect rhymes in any widespread pronunciation.