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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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Here his diction refers directly to popular culture--the special veneration and celebration of the Virgin Mary every May 30--"Treinta de mayo: la Madre / del Amor Hermoso"--and to the musico-poetic forms associated with the popular--the syntactic parallelism and assonantal rhyme characteristic of vernacular lyrics ("El amor," RN 11-12/14).
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." The resulting "phonetic rhythm" is a concrete example of how Hopkins works to convey the prepossessed "meaning and feeling" of an utterance through sprung stresses (Plotkin, p.
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.
assonantal, with syllables echoing their sonorous vocalic centers
Sumerian poetry had a limited use of assonantal rhyme.
Each of the three forces, violent in its way, is represented by a dominant sound: the philosophers by the initial alliteration /p/in prurient, pinched, poked, the scientists by the assonance in naughty, thumb, prodded, and religion by the assonantal /i:/ in scraggy, knees, squeezing and conceive.
Here we have the assonantal repetition of the triple back 'a'.
In magnifying the potential power of sound repetitions, it suggests how even the much less stringent rhyming of poems in couplets, or in the assonantal laisses of medieval French epic, provide phonetic themes that give order to segmental phones.