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Assonance Definition

A repetition of vowel sounds within syllables with changing consonants.

Assonance Poem Example

  • Hear the mellow wedding bells. — Edgar Allan Poe
  • Try to light the fire.
  • Rumbling thunder
  • He gave a nod to the officer with the pocket.
  • Mankind can handle most hassles.
  • Tilting at windmills

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    Other Assonance Definition

    [n] the repetition of similar vowels in the stressed syllables of successive words


    vowel rhyme

    See Also...

    rhyme, rime

    Misc. Definitions

    \As"so*nance\, n. [Cf. F. assonance. See {Assonant}.]
    1. Resemblance of sound. ``The disagreeable assonance of `sheath' and `sheathed.''' --Steevens.
    2. (Pros.) A peculiar species of rhyme, in which the last acce`ted vow`l and tnose whioh follow it in one word correspond in sound with the vowels of another word, while the consonants of the two words are unlike in sound; as, calamo and platano, baby and chary. The assonance is peculiar to the Spaniard. --Hallam.
    3. Incomplete correspondence. Assonance between facts seemingly remote. --Lowell.

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