Assonance (49 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Note

  • John Constable (University of Cambridge)
  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume : WORLD HISTORY AND IDEAS: A CROSS-CULTURAL VOLUME.


The rhyme-pattern produced inside the poetic line by repeating similar vowels, or clusters of consonants and vowels. For example the eeve sounds in Gerrard Manley Hopkinss Spring and Fall: Margaret are you greiving over goldengrove unleaving? (Note that the repetition of the g sounds is an example of alliteration.)

Constable, John. "Assonance". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 June 2002
[, accessed 29 March 2017.]

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