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n. pl.1.Words that rhyme, proposed as the ends of verses, to be filled out by the ingenuity of the person to whom they are offered.
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This same poetic freedom can be seen in the lines from "A Quiet Place" quoted above, suggesting that Rossetti's practice in his more carefully composed poems may derive from the habits induced by bouts-rimes, which requires a poet to fit the predetermined rhymes into his or her poem by whatever means.
In later years Rossetti was embarrassed that he had published in "our seriously-intended magazine such hap-hazard things as bouts-rimes poems.
Each of these three bouts-rimes poems stages or imagines a companionable walk between two people, the speaker and the addressee, in a natural setting.