Let y=mx + b
m represents the slantiness of the rhyme, its change in y over its change in x, its ability to get a rise out of me over its likelihood of making me run away.
For m=0, or no slant at all, a rhyme for ‘peace’ would be true: geese, niece, Rhys, fleece.
For small positive values of m, a slant rhyme for ‘peace’ would be close but not true: appease, freeze, heats, peaks.
As m increases, slantiness rises to the heights of bravery: leers, dweebs, mist, pizza, pickle, Pynchon, fisticuffs, moonlight.
Negative values of m produce reverse rhymes: seep, Streep, peeps.
This is, of course, in only two dimensions. We’ll consider the z-axis (produced when singers distort their vowels) next week.