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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 "musical" dimension of the verse continues, as "collar" echoes both "aster" and "curled" and "made" and "great" are linked with "Grace" by assonance, and in the latter case by alliteration as well.
The final segment is more complex, the mirroring effect occurring in part through two instances of assonance involving different sounds.
Assonance, alliteration plus internal rhyme converge pointedly in the Italian pre-feminist warning: Bacco, tabacco e venere riducono l'uomo in cenere (Wine, women and tobacco reduce a man to ashes).
Thus, after three regular iambic lines, he resorts to a trochee at the beginning and at the end of the line, "balanced by her own weight, not did the ocean," which gives it an unexpected lift; the word "ocean" itself seems to crest at the rim of the verse before spilling over into "extend her arms to the margins of the land," with its ripple of assonance in "arms" and "margins.
and the ever-popular assonance of "No shit, Sherlock" is completely resistant to any introduction of crap.
We're concentrating on the sound of our voice, the rhythm, the tone, the assonance or consonance we might be using, the alliteration or the onomatopoeic phrasing we might throw into our discourse, rapidly the riffles are rattling in the Tory Party
Moreover, phonetic relationships in the text, such as rhyme and assonance, are often reflected in similar musical settings, which suggests that these aural features of the texts served as additional mnemonics.
If a spoken-word artist wants to be mass distributed and signs with a publisher, she is going to have to deal with critics who, along with basic narrative thrust, are trained to look for poetic craft in each individual line: use of metaphor and simile; assonance and alliteration.
Practice: For Derek Walcott" has a wonderful narrative flow that spins interlocking images attuned to the rhythmic variances of assonance, alliteration, and oblique rhyme schemes.
There were always students in the class (still, I'm surprised and grateful to report, a minority) whose lines simply didn't scan, and whose rhymes were merely the assonance, commonly mistaken for rhyme .
There are wonderfully poetic sentences dotting the bleak landscape of this novel: sentences with assonance, consonance, alliteration, and even internal rhyme--sentences that make the reader stop and pore with amazement over their construction; and all this is achieved without hindrance of the narrative.
Newman illustrates how the very ambiguities of "true womanhood" at the time meant not only open institutional resistance to formalizing women's ministry but also the assonance of ministry with the household expectations for women.