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The Spanish Tragedy, Thomas Kyd

The rhetorical purpose of the three rhymes “just / trust,” (lines 10 and 11), “day / may” (lines 22 and 23), and “it is not so / Hieronimo” (lines 24) can be inferred to be as follows:


The rhyme keeps the reader reading by providing audible pleasure.


The rhyme provides end marks to important soliloquies.


The rhyme creates emphasis on Hieronimo’s miserable situation.


The rhyme provokes a comic tone in the midst of a tragic situation.


The rhyme suggests that justice and resolution will be found.

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