Assonance

Assonance refers to repetition of sounds produced by vowels within a sentence or phrase. In this regard assonance can be understood to be a kind of alliteration. What sets it apart from alliteration is that it is the repetition of only vowel sounds. Assonance is the opposite of consonance, which implies repetitive usage of consonant sounds.

Examples of assonance:

“The light of the fire is a sight” – In this sentence, the repetition of the long “i” sound in “light,” “fire,” and “sight” creates assonance.

“Men sell the wedding bells” – In this sentence, the repetition of the short “e” sound in “men,” “sell,” and “wedding” creates assonance.

“The cat in the hat sat on the mat” – In this sentence, the repetition of the short “a” sound in “cat,” “hat,” and “mat” creates assonance.

“I rose and told him of my woe” – In this sentence, the repetition of the long “o” sound in “rose,” “told,” and “woe” creates assonance.

“Try to light the fire” – In this sentence, the repetition of the long “i” sound in “try,” “light,” and “fire” creates assonance.

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