ASSONANCE

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Last week I wrote about Alliteration. This week I am writing about its friend assonance.

Assonance (pronounced Ass-a-nins) occurs when a vowel sound within a word matches the same sound in a nearby word, but the surrounding consonant sounds are different. ‘Tune’ and ‘June’ are rhymes; ‘tune’ and ‘food’ are assonant, as is ‘time’ and ‘light.’ Assonance has also been called vowel rhyming.

The function of assonance is frequently the same as end rhymes and alliteration*(*defined as repetition of initial consonant), to give a sense of continuity or fluidity to a verse. Assonance might be particularly effective when a rhyme is absent for it gives the poet more flexibility.

Assonance is found more often in verse than in prose. It is used in English-language poetry, and is particularly important in Old French, Spanish and Celtic languages. In English verse, assonance was frequently found in traditional ballads, but it…

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