So You Don't Make an Assonance of Yourself, Read This!

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Ok...I admit the title was a little corny, but I couldn't help myself.  I read this word in Eagleton's Literary Theory ("An individual word may relate to another word through assonance...") and couldn't help myself (89).  I also was using it in an assignment and saw it as an opportunity to double check myself in Essential Literary Terms to make sure I know what it means along with it's brother, consonance.

"Assonance is the repetition of identical or similar vowel sounds in nearby words or stressed syllables: 'right/time,' 'sad/fact,' 'seven/elves'" (Hamilton 220).

"Consonance is the repetition of consonant sounds in two or more successive words or stressed syllables that contain different vowel sounds: 'had/hid,' 'wonder/wander,' 'haven/heaven'" (219).

So assonance would be like "Awesome Audrey" or "Apple Jacks" because the vowel sounds are the same.

An example of consonance would be "bat/bit" or "pants/pints" because the consonant sounds are the same but the vowel sounds differ.

Can you think of any examples of assonance or consonance?

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