Rhyming fourteener

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Rhyming fourteeners is a name not much used in modern studies of literature, but it was current in the sixteenth century, and led to the writing of some poor verse - weak because it tends to the bombastic and over-stated. It existed mainly, as far as one can tell, to save paper and printing costs by using fewer lines of a page to print a given number of words.

A pair of rhyming fourteeners is essentially a ballad stanza, where economy of space is achieved by dividing the fourteen feet of the regular ballad stanza not into four lines, two of four feet (tetrameters) and two of three (trimeters), but two of seven feet (heptameters). Instead of rhyming a b c b, they then rhyme a a.

A fairly modern example of a rhyming fourteener can be found in Kipling's The Ballad of East and West (1889), whose refrain is:

Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgement Seat;
But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!