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Assonance is the repetition of vowel sounds in non-rhyming words, for example "Do you like blue?". Here the "oo" sound is repeated within the sentence. Assonance includes but is not limited to alliteration with vowel sounds. Note: This page contains IPA phonetic symbols in Unicode. ... A rhyme is a repetition of identical or similar terminal sounds in two or more different words (i. ... Alliteration is a literary device in which the same sound appears at the beginning of two or more consecutive words. ...


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. Meter (British English spelling: metre) describes the linguistic sound patterns of a verse. ... Prose is writing distinguished from poetry by its greater variety of rhythm and its closer resemblance to the patterns of everyday speech. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Old French was the Romance dialect continuum spoken in territories corresponding roughly to the northern half of modern France and parts of modern Belgium and Switzerland from around 1000 to 1300. ... The Celtic languages are the languages descended from Proto-Celtic, or Common Celtic, a branch of the greater Indo-European language family. ...


The eponymous student of Willy Russell's Educating Rita described it as "getting the rhyme wrong". An eponym is the name of a person, whether real or fictitious, who has (or is thought to have) given rise to the name of a particular place, tribe, discovery, or other item. ... William Martin Russell (born 23 August 1947 in Whiston, Merseyside) is a British playwright, lyricist and composer. ... Educating Rita is a stage comedy by British playwright Willy Russell which premièred at The Warehouse, London, in 1980; and a film (1983) directed by Lewis Gilbert and starring Julie Walters, Michael Caine, and Maureen Lipman with a screenplay by Russell. ...

Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American poet, short story writer, playwright, editor, literary critic, essayist and one of the leaders of the American Romantic Movement. ... Wikisource has original text related to this article: The Bells The Bells is a poem by Edgar Allan Poe. ... Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson (August 6, 1809 - October 6, 1892) is generally regarded as one of the greatest English poets. ... Robert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson (November 13, 1850 – December 3, 1894), was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of Neo-romanticism in English literature. ... The term Unknown is used in a number of contexts: To indicate the lack of knowledge, such as the list of unsolved problems, unsolved problems in physics or the unknown unknown To refer to anonymity In mathematics, as a noun, the unknowns of an equation are the quantities (or variables... Samuel Taylor Coleridge (October 21, 1772 – July 25, 1834) (pronounced ) was an English poet, critic, and philosopher who was, along with his friend William Wordsworth, one of the founders of the Romantic Movement in England and one of the Lake Poets. ...

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Assonance - LoveToKnow 1911 (645 words)
In other words, assonance is an improper or imperfect form of rhyme, in which the ear is satisfied with the incomplete identity of sound which the vowel gives without the aid of consonants.
Like alliteration, assonance is a very frequent and very effective ornament of prose style, but such correspondence in vowel-sound is usually accidental and involuntary, an instinctive employment of the skill of the writer.
Assonance as a conscious art, in fact, is scarcely recognized as legitimate in English literature.
virtuaLit: Elements of Poetry (128 words)
Assonance occurs when the vowel sound within a word matches the same sound in a nearby word, but the surrounding consonant sounds are different.
The function of assonance is frequently the same as end rhyme or alliteration: All serve to give a sense of continuity or fluidity to the verse.
Assonance might be especially effective when rhyme is absent: It gives the poet more flexibility, and it is not typically used as part of a predetermined pattern.
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