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Poetry Terms

Poetry Terms  Assonance


What is Assonance?

Assonance is also called 'vowel rhyme'. Assonance is the repetition of a pattern of similar sounds within a sentence.

Examples of using Assonance with sound:

  • Do you like blue? - using 'o', 'ou', 'ue'
  • He received three emails today. - using 'e', 'ei', 'ee' and 'e'
  • The sailor said ‘hey’ to Mae in passing. - using 'ai', 'ey' and 'ae'

Assonance is used in poetry to create different effects. It is used to produce a form of rhyme throughout the whole sentence not just within the verse.

Why don’t you try writing using assonance and enter it into one of our writing competitions?

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