Definitions for assonanceˈæs ə nəns
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assonance, vowel rhyme(noun)
the repetition of similar vowels in the stressed syllables of successive words
The repetition of similar or identical vowel sounds (though with different consonants), usually in literature or poetry.
Origin: assonance, from word assonare.
resemblance of sound
a peculiar species of rhyme, in which the last acce`ted vow`l and tnose whioh follow it in one word correspond in sound with the vowels of another word, while the consonants of the two words are unlike in sound; as, calamo and platano, baby and chary
Origin: [Cf. F. assonance. See Assonant.]
Assonance is the repetition of vowel sounds to create internal rhyming within phrases or sentences, and together with alliteration and consonance serves as one of the building blocks of verse. For example, in the phrase "Do you like blue?", the is repeated within the sentence and is assonant. Assonance is found more often in verse than in prose. It is used in English-language poetry, and is particularly important in Old French, Spanish and the Celtic languages.
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