Writing Tip: Assonance

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Writing Tip: Assonance

Assonance is a device primarily used in poetry. It adds an internal rhyme to the poem that allows the writer to create rhythm and can enhance the enjoyment of reading the piece. It can also be used to develop a ‘mood’ in the poem and enhance an emotion within your writing. Assonance can be very subtle, which is why it can develop a feeling within your work without the reader noticing it or becoming distracted by your use of this device.

What is Assonance?

Assonance occurs when the same vowel sound is used in two words that are close together. The words start with different consonant sounds. Remember that this does not necessarily mean you need to use the same vowels – you need to use the same vowel sounds. For instance, “may” and “weigh” use the same sound, but are created with different vowels.

Examples of Assonance:

“If I bleat when I speak it’s because I just got . . . fleeced.” – Al Swearengen
“The crumbling thunder of seas” – Robert Louis Stevenson
“I must confess that in my quest I felt depressed and restless.” – Thin Lizzy

Written by: Laura Clark

* Laura is a 23 year old English woman with a history degree residing in the UK. She has been writing for many years and enjoys writing horror/fantasy stories, as well as poetry. You can view her work at: https://inspiredstoriesandpoems.wordpress.com/

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