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Difference between Assonance and Consonance

Both words are sound devices typically used in poetry and song that serve as building blocks to verse.

Assonance is the repetition of similar vowel sounds of words close together.

  • “Hear the mellow wedding bells.”—Edgar Allan Poe

Consonance is the repetition of middle or ending consonant sounds of words close together.

  • “And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain.”—Edgar Allan Poe