When the ends of lines of speech repeat the same, or similar, sounds the effect is known as rhyme. It is a major feature of much European poetry e.g..:

  "Twinkle, twinkle little star,
    how I wonder what you are."

Rhyme is not common in Hebrew and other ancient Semitic poetics, perhaps because parallelism of other sorts fulfills similar functions.

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