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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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I will, however, repeat here the observation that -[??]mp, being 3D, ought to be naturally contrary to a 1D sense, and therefore stump, with its 1D rigid st- assonance (see Lawler "Style Stands") and its 3D -[??]mp rime, presents a conundrum--or would, if the language had not resolved it.
"Time, Assonance, and Morpheme Analysis." Word 6.2 (1950): 117-36.
Many words combine the senses of their times with their assonances in some manner: to sting, for instance, is to direct force (-in) with a one-dimensional rigid (indeed, pointed) object (st-).
Phonosemantically coherent words may be old or new; Old English vocabulary displays much the same sets of categories with much the same sets of assonances, and as we have seen, the st- assonance class has been around at least five thousand years, since Indo-European, or even before.
(Parenthetically, the fact that English assonances are much more coherent than rimes is completely consistent with the fact that Old English poetry displays much more initial cluster repetition than it does rhyming.
(8) The first reference to it was by Firth, who called the assonances phon(a)esthemes; Bolinger originated the use of the terms rime and assonance in this context.
(10) There are assonances that do not display coherence; fr- for example, seems to be devoid of significance, though fl- is a two-dimensional classifier.