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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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Precisely homonymous names are admissible, but those that are merely assonant (Tim Robbins/Tom Robbins, Nicolas Cage/Nicholas Gage, Michael Lerner/Michael Learned, William Wyler/Billy Wilder) are rejected in strict observance of the "CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR" role.
In the radiant landscape panel Walking in the Vineyard, or Promenade (1899/1900, Los Angeles County Museum of Art)--originally intended as part of an unrealized decorative collaboration by several of the Nabis --Vuillard turned some dull orange, a range of olive-greens, and a pale lemon yellow into a throbbing, voluptuous expanse; he knitted together these assonant hues with repeated hits of a neutral, mauve-tinged tan and "escapes" of apparently raw linen.
Read Leonardo's Incessant Last Supper extra slowly, savoring the sounds, from the inaugural title page with its assonant vowels and repetitions of "I" and "s," to the acknowledgments at the end.