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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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465: [Chinese Text Omitted] (with the alliterative - both having the initial [Chinese Text Omitted] - and assonant binome binfen [Chinese Text Omitted]), "flying about, moving chaotically").
Notice also how he uses the alliterating d and assonant i sounds of "dawn's desert light / blinding new" to slow and then suddenly increase the verbal speed of the passage.
The versification and assonant rhyme of the poem is often faulty, though scholars have determined that those faults are due to errors and alterations made by the various copyists that intervened between the original and the earliest extant manuscript.
When, for example, he admires Aubert's wonderfully assonant French rendering of the famously alliterative last sentence of "The Dead," reading Polyglot Joyce becomes entirely enchanting.
The intimate connections are assonant ("whispered a song along .
Building on folkloric devices such as alliteration, repetition, masterful use of diminutives, assonant rhyme, he often introduces an original twist - inversion, ingenious paronomasia (which makes his poems almost untranslatable), rhymes that do not adhere to a fixed pattern and are not identical, frequent internal assonance to change the flow of the line - and achieves unexpected results.
The exact figure cannot be established for two reasons: not all of the Ebla tablets have been, so far, published or excerpted; and it is not always possible to be certain whether some assonant names are mere variants or represent different entities.
Stone's pure and simple sound effects, her assonant lines and drummer's beats, are among the hardest to achieve, and the sort of radical innocence they embody and extend to us reveals the rare gift of a perfect poetic ear.