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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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Foreshadowed by the elliptical statements that indicate a disconnection of the signifying chain, the irruption of lalangue via, for example, the assonantal echoes in 'grief' and 'leaf' exists on the borders of the poem's central (psychic) silence where meaning collapses.
These close assonantal linkages are also echoed in the other stanzas: [E] links "depends" and "red" in stanzas 1 and 2, [I] links "with" and "chickens" in stanzas 3 and 4, and [ay] links "beside" and "white" within stanza 4.
If an example such as line 2127 is examined, the conclusion is that the concept of assonance change is inappropriate, because it is a verso suelto (sometimes translated as 'independent line') and does not serve as the start of a new assonantal series.
As corresponding or reminiscent in the text or rhetoric, consider these widely spaced passages of Dickens's alliterative, assonantal, often metrical prose: "Toby Veck, Toby Veck, waiting for you Toby
Sonically, the poem is densely assonantal ("land"--"shadowed"--"shallows"--"tan"--"sandy"--"flat"--"Labrador's" --"can"--"glass"--"mapped"; "green"--"sea"--"weeded"--"lean"--"clean"--"exceeds"--"feeling"; "bays"--"names"--"same"--"wave's" "native" --"displays"--"maker's"), foregrounding the centers of syllables.
Gush" and the other primary stresses in stanza 8 are reinforced by the dense alliterative and assonantal pattern they emphasize: "lush," "plush," "gush," "flush"; "lash," "flash"; perhaps even "best, "last," "worst," "burst.
At the other end of the spectrum, in Aleixandre, one may accept that 'alliterative and assonantal devices occur in quite extraordinary concentrations, giving a very high degree of probability to the presence of a significant dimension of lexical development generated by phonetic devices' (p.