Are there any examples of internal rhyme in "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe?

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Dec 6, 2016



An internal rhyme is when a word from inside the line (usually around halfway through) rhymes with the word at the end of the line.

Once upon a midnight dreary , while I pondered, weak and weary ,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
While I nodded, nearly napping , suddenly there came a tapping ,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
Only this and nothing more.”

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December ;
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow ;—vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow—sorrow for the lost Lenore—
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore—
Nameless here for evermore.

Rhymes carry through elsewhere but those are the internal ones in the first two stanzas. Copied from