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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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For one thing, it culminates a latent assonantal pattern of short vowels followed by a fricative: "this" (in line 1), "live" (2), "is" (3).
Notice, too, the assonantal magic at the end of "The Ache of Marriage":
I recogmize that this disparity might have other explanations, such as an assonantal preference on Keats's part for long e's.
Elsewhere, this "I in the night standing"--the pronoun invoked no fewer than five times--is poised against assonantal incursions of "0," to which "I" is nonetheless "lashed": ode, oak, rope, body; shadow, cloudy, coil, soul; bonds, songs, root, ghost.