Monday, March 26, 2012

Stylistic Device: Assonance

What is Assonance?

 The concept of assonance is quite parallel to that of alliteration and consonance. The three stylistic devices aim at the repetition of certain sounds. Assonance is repetition of the vowel sound in the same sentence or in the meter of the poem. The concept is prevalent more on the basis of sound hence, soft or insignificant, or silent sentence pronunciations are usually not considered to be a assonance constructions.

Some common conditions that assonance constructions include:

  1. The repetitive sound must be that of vowels (A, E, I, O, U). 
  2.  The repetition must me quite systematic and is possible placed at a equivalent interval. 
  3. Some literary experts may argue that the assonance construction cannot be a part of a simple rhyme or a rhyme scheme. 
  4. It is a convention to have assonance in a singular sentence or line, it is rarely spread across more than one sentence.  
 Example: I made my way to the lake.

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