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Related to assonance: onomatopoeia


see rhymerhyme
or rime,
the most prominent of the literary artifices used in versification. Although it was used in ancient East Asian poetry, rhyme was practically unknown to the ancient Greeks and Romans.
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(1) Repetition of similar vowel sounds in a line, strophe, or sentence.

(2) Imperfect rhyme; the accord between the endings of two or more verse lines in which the vowels coincide but there is greater freedom of the consonants—for example, krasivaia—neugasimaia; kliauze—mauzer. Assonance is one of the most important elements of medieval poetry, especially in the Romance languages. Nineteenth-century Russian poets rarely used assonance. It was revived by the symbolists and is widely used in contemporary Soviet poetry.


the use of the same vowel sound with different consonants or the same consonant with different vowels in successive words or stressed syllables, as in a line of verse. Examples are time and light or mystery and mastery
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The only shard of purposeful-sounding assonance in the first half of the concert comes when Sde puts aside the nai and picks up his clarinet -- a beast big enough to allow the player to bend its notes to the maqam's quarter tones.
26) Once again sound reinforces sense: again there is a regular iambic pentameter (without the initial unaccented syllable) in the second line of the section; "winks" echoes both "win-" and "looks" earlier in the line; "creature" is linked both to "corner" in the previous line by its "c" and "r" sounds and to "peeks" by assonance.
For example, note the parallel structure and use of alliteration and assonance in this comment on gender roles: "Aragorn and Faramir are woodsmen and warriors, leaders or heroes, but caretakers and healers as well" (130).
Twice a month, Costa Coffee on Bold Street transforms itself into Liverpool Poetry Cafe, where Mersey side literary buffs discuss everything from assonance to alliteration, and onomatopoeia to ottava rima over a nice cup of coffee and piece of cake.
In the final prepositional phrase, the mirroring effect becomes more complex, occurring in the sequence d, r, d in "dans les herbages d'acier" and "d'emeraude" and in the assonance surrounding the two ds at the center: the two [a] sounds in "herbages d'acier" and the three [e] sounds in "acier et d'emeraude.
By sound--the whole bolus--I mean actual sonic business (phonemes, assonance, consonance, all those named things that buzz around).
Nevertheless the "Blair Chair", we suggest, owes its existence as much to assonance as achievement.
Eminem is noted for his ability to change his vocal pace and style multiple times within one song without losing the beat, and has been widely praised for his skill in alliteration and assonance.
It is therefore pleasing to observe that what we should lose by jettisoning the paradosis we should regain with the alliteration and assonance of miserabilis .
Unfortunately, "purest profundity" is not a particularly egregious example of the author's ready recourse to arid alliteration, nor is "allergic/allegory/attacks" an isolated instance of acerbating assonance (please pardon the parody).
Grennan retains the supple free verse line that characterizes his poetry throughout his career and continues to eschew end rhyme, but he textures his verses with a gratifying variety of other melopoetic devices: internal rhyme, assonance, consonance, alliteration.
Assonance is the half cousin of alliteration and both coalesce happily in the proverb Faint heart never won fair lady.