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    Are 'behind' and 'wind' perfect rhyme or eye rhyme?

    Are 'behind' and 'wind' perfect rhyme or eye rhyme?

    behind /bɪˈhaɪnd/
    wind /wɪnd/

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    Read the lines they are in aloud and see. Your transcription doesn't work if 'wind' is a verb.

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    It depends how you pronounce "wind". In the sense of the North Wind, not a perfect rhyme. In the sense of wind the clock, yes.

    But the pronunciation has changed over the years.

    There was a time when both words were pronounced as "wind the clock" and you can probably find examples of older poetry that does rhyme wind and behind..
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    Thank you for your reply!!!

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    Shelley was no fuddy duddy, but he rhymes wind and behind at the end of his Ode to the West Wind:

    The trumpet of a prophecy! O Wind,
    If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?


    Maybe that was what you were thinking of. Probably Shelley did pronounce the words to rhyme, which would sound affected in contemporary English.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackson Richardson View Post
    The trumpet of a prophecy! O Wind,
    If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?


    Probably Shelley did pronounce the words to rhyme, which would sound affected in contemporary English.
    I'm not sure about this. Would everything need to be a perfect rhyme?

    But if he did, was it 'winding the Wind' with which he sinned? A bit whiny, for my tastes.
    To do otherwise would have been a hindrance.

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