SOME RHYMING FLOURISHES IN HAMILTON. Eastwood and Hinton point out Hamilton’s use of multisyllabic rhymes, which they characterize as “one of rapper Rakim’s signature sounds”. Here is the example from Hamilton that they give:

“Now for a strong central democracy If not, then I’ll be Socrates
Throwing verbal rocks at these mediocrities.”

In addition to all the influences from rap musicians, Eastwood and Hinton point out an excerpt from Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance:

“I am the very model of a modern Major General
I’ve information vegetable animal and mineral
I know the kings of England, and I quote the fights historical”

Hamilton sings:

“Now I’m the model of a modern major general
The venerated Virginian veteran whose men are all
Lining up to put me up on a pedestal.”

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