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assonance

Line breaks: as¦son|ance
Pronunciation: /ˈas(ə)nəns
 
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Definition of assonance in English:

noun

[mass noun]
Resemblance of sound between syllables of nearby words, arising particularly from the rhyming of two or more stressed vowels, but not consonants (e.g. sonnet, porridge), but also from the use of identical consonants with different vowels (e.g. killed, cold, culled): the use of assonance throughout the poem creates the sound of despair [count noun]: alliterative assonances such asfail’ and ‘fall’ are very common in Old English poetry
More example sentences
  • Just look at (and, preferably, listen to) his use of assonance - repeated vowel sounds throughout a section.
  • First, it has the qualities of rhythm, alliteration, and assonance verging on rhyme that we might expect of a memorable turn of phrase.
  • In all of these cases, the deft repetitions and modulations of consonants and vowels with their subtle assonance and consonance compete for attention with the lines' actual content.

Origin

early 18th century: from French, from Latin assonare 'respond to', from ad- 'to' + sonare (from sonus 'sound').

Derivatives

assonant

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • By definition, it is a poem with an unlimited number of octosyllabic verses and assonant rhyme in even-numbered verses.
  • The beauty of this one is that it’s a little rhyming verse – or at least nicely assonant.

assonate

2
verb
Example sentences
  • ‘What I expected’ is an adroit compromise between the impulses to form and to freedom: ‘twist’ fails to rhyme convincingly with ‘pass,’ but in that failure assonates and alliterates with ‘questions.’
  • The amhrán or song metres have a richly assonated stanzaic form, and are also accentual.

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