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assonance

(as′ŏ-năns) [L. assonare, to sound to, answer to]
1. Similarity of sounds in words or syllables.
2. Abnormal tendency to use alliteration.
assonant (-nănt), adjective
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The only shard of purposeful-sounding assonance in the first half of the concert comes when Sde puts aside the nai and picks up his clarinet -- a beast big enough to allow the player to bend its notes to the maqam's quarter tones.
This is an interesting example with repetition of the consonant phoneme /b/ at the initial position of words above--clubbed with assonance through the vowel /ae/in Black, bad, that--creating an effect of statement /b/ and then jeering negation /ae/.
The texts that Tz'utujil songmen improvise in the bix rxin nawal have been shown to share versification and rhythmic patterns, as well as the use of onomatopoeia, alliteration, and assonance with poetic passages of the Popol Vuh, placing the song texts within the tradition of written Mayan Literature.
Barroso states that he has been assured by Bulgarian Foreign Minister Jeleva that her Conflict of Interests declaration was in total assonance with Ethics Code of the EU Commission.
It is also related, by slant-rhyme, to "worth" and "Birth," and by assonance to "Let" and to "End"; its initial "d" is overheard in "End" as well, and in "Overheard.
Indeed, intellectually, I worship the ground on which they tread, for knowing how to employ the wonderful tools of poetry - rhyme, assonance, alliteration, rhythm and simile - without being "lettered".
The assonance and alliteration of Poe's weighty "The Bells" is born again as "The Smells," with odes to salty seashores and just-mowed grass.
Twice a month, Costa Coffee on Bold Street transforms itself into Liverpool Poetry Cafe, where Mersey side literary buffs discuss everything from assonance to alliteration, and onomatopoeia to ottava rima over a nice cup of coffee and piece of cake.
The poem is not perfectly rhymed, but the sound linkage is more consistent; in the first 4 lines, for example, "lounge" and remount" are linked by heavy assonance, so that, alternating with "minds" and "finds," one has an abab quatrain.
In the final prepositional phrase, the mirroring effect becomes more complex, occurring in the sequence d, r, d in "dans les herbages d'acier" and "d'emeraude" and in the assonance surrounding the two ds at the center: the two [a] sounds in "herbages d'acier" and the three [e] sounds in "acier et d'emeraude.
By sound--the whole bolus--I mean actual sonic business (phonemes, assonance, consonance, all those named things that buzz around).
Nevertheless the "Blair Chair", we suggest, owes its existence as much to assonance as achievement.