The UVic Writer's Guide
Assonance and Consonance
Assonance is the sequential repetition of vowel sounds, particularly
in stressed syllables, as in the line "Full fathom five thy father lies,"
in which "fathom" and "father" and "five" and
"lies" have paralleled vowel sounds.
Consonance is the repetition of a pattern of consonants within words in
which the separating vowels differ, as in the pairs "leaf" and
"loaf" or "room" and "roam."
Note that sound, not spelling, is the criterion for consonance,
as of alliteration and assonance. It is also true, however, that many critics refer
to both assonance and consonance by the more general term "assonance."
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