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Assonance is the repetition of vowel sounds within a short passage of verse or prose.

Assonance is more a feature of verse than prose. It is used in (mainly modern) English-language poetry, and is particularly important in Old French, Spanish and Celtic languages.

Willy Russell's eponymous student Rita described it as "getting the rhyme wrong".

  • 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.
  • Lock and Load <--> Rock and Roll
  • "When I get shocked at the hospital by the doctor when I'm not cooperating when I'm rocking the table while he's operating.” — Eminem

See also

de:Assonanz fr:Assonance hu:Asszonánc no:Assonans pt:Assonância ru:Ассонанс sv:Assonans


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