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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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In his overall heading for them Rossetti gets in a pre-emptive apology for their flimsiness relative to the serious claims of the magazine as a whole, most likely prompted by the knowledge that several of them had been written to the game bouts-rimes, where the rhyme words are supplied by a second party and the poet then has to write a poem to fit them.
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.
In 19th-century England, John Keats is said to have produced his charming poem "On the Grasshopper and Cricket" (1816) in a bouts-rimes competition with his friend Leigh Hunt, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his brother William tested their ingenuity by filling in verses from bouts-rimes.