What is assonance?

Assonance is the repetition of vowel sounds in a sentence.

It is different from consonance (repetition of consonant sounds), alliteration (repetition of sounds at the beginning of words), and rhyme (the repetition of sounds at the end of words)

Using assonance

A little assonance can make a sentence flow, making it more interesting, easier to read, and more creative.

However, like consonance, alliteration, and rhyme, assonance should be used only occasionally in writing. Too much assonance in general writing will look silly.

Examples of simple assonance

Might we lie a while?

I mistook her looks for love

She believes me.

Wedding bells

Assonance in literature

the crumbling thunder of seas (Robert Louis Stevenson)

the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain (Edgar Allan Poe)

And murmuring of innumerable bees (Alfred Lord Tennyson)

The setting sun was licking the hard bright machine like some great invisible beast on its knees (John Hawkes)

Assonance in rap music

Rap music frequently uses assonance as well as rhyme

I bomb atomically – Socrates philosophies and hypotheses can’t define how I be droppin’ these mockeries (Inspectah Deck)

His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy,
There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti,
He’s nervous, but on the surface he’s calm and ready
To drop bombs, but he keeps on forgetting
What he wrote down, the whole crowd goes so loud,
He opens his mouth, but the words won’t come out
He’s choking, how? Everybody’s joking now
The clock’s run out, times up, over, blow
(Eminem)