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Title: Assonance  
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Subject: Literary consonance, Saj', Rhyme, Alliteration, AUI (constructed language)
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Assonance is the repetition of vowel sounds to create internal rhyming within phrases or sentences, and together with alliteration and consonance[1] serves as one of the building blocks of verse. Assonance does not have to be a rhyme; the identity of which depends merely on sequence of both vowel and consonant sounds. Thus, assonance is a resemblance of units that are generally less than a syllable.

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


  • Examples 1
  • See also 2
  • Sources 3
  • External links 4
  • References 5


English poetry is rich with examples of assonance:

It also occurs in prose:

English-language hip hop relies on assonance, which is sometimes hard to distinguish from slant rhyme:

It is also heard in other forms of popular music:

Assonance is common in proverbs, such as:

These proverbs can be a form of short poetry, as in the following Oromo proverb, which describes someone with a big reputation among those who do not know them well:

Note the complete assonance in this Amharic proverb:

See also


  • Assonance, American Rhetoric: Rhetorical Figures in Sound
  • Assonance, Modern & Contemporary American Poetry, University of Pennsylvania
  • Definition of Assonance, Elements of Poetry, VirtuaLit

External links

  • Examples of assonance in poetry.
  • Examples and definition of assonance.


  1. ^ Khurana, Ajeet "Assonance and Consonance" Outstanding Writing
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