ALLITERATION, ASSONANCE, CONSONANCE ETC

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By Josie Whitehead

You will notice that I use quite an amount of alliteration, assonance and sometimes consonance in my poems, and I am not alone by a long way, but let us look at these three things for often they get mixed up in people's minds, and yet they are quite simple:

 

ALLITERATION, CONSONANCE AND ASSONANCE 

 

Alliteration is the repetition of consonants AT THE START of words close to each other. Consonance refers to the repetition of consonants WITHIN the words rather than at the start.  See these poems:  

 

AN AGGRESSIVE ALLIGATOR, PERCY PECKLE and PENELOPE PIGGLEWIGGLE'S PEAR, but there are SO many of my poems that have alliterative titles, ie Ballad of Bolton Priory (The); Bizzy-Buzzy; Pedal Power; Aunt Agatha's Angry; Batting and Bowling; The Bellowing Bull; Clickety Clack; Daredevil Dexterity; Diddledy-Daddledy My Little Duck; A Dragon Called Drac; Foxy Food; Fred's Funeral; Riding the Rough Rollers; Dinosaur Dinner; Ghastly Ghosties; Giggling Gertie; Leeds - Love It; The Milkmaid's Mistake; Mother Mine; Mrs Meddle's Muddle; Mickledy-Me; Mrs Moo; On Being Bossy; Parent Power; Packing Punch into Poetry; Pease Please; Percy Peckle; Pipped at the Post; The Pirate Poet; Plum Pudding Poetry; Poems for Posterity; Pompous Percy; Riddle-me-Ree; Riggledy-Raggledy Scarecrow; Said the Sycamore Tree; Shark Sense; So Silently they Fall; Spirits of the Seasons; Sunrise Sunset; Talking Taste; Temptingly Tantalizing; Ten Tiny Tadpoles; Tickling the Taste Buds; Tips for Tennis; Tired, Tired,Tiger; Tired Old Tomcat; Touch and Tell; Treasure a Tree; Winter's Wintry Work; Whistle down the Wind; The Woggaldy Woo;  - - - oh and many, many more.

 

Assonance is the repetition of sounds, particularly vowels, in the middle of words.  

Consonance and assonance have the same sounds within the words - ie rhyming sounds, and this is what links them to the fact that the sounds are WITHIN the word rather than at the start of the word, for rhyming takes place within a word.  Does this help you?  I hope so.

 

From:  Mr Wind's Little Games:

Then he tussled with hedges and rustled the trees;

The clouds in the sky all ran hither and thither;

How he whirled and he twirled in a magical dance,

He has tangled the sheets and has mangled the wheat,

 

ASSONANCE IN HEADINGS etc

 

Oh, you can find lots more in my poems, especially when I want to emphasize mood or movement.

 

Rhyming word within headings? (Assonance)  Oh, I use lots of them - and within lines in a poem: Down Town; - Benjamin Bear has both alliteration and assonance. Don't Hustle Your Muscles; The Chubby Puppy; Easy Peasy; Belle Belle Campanelle; Brian the Lion; A Cat is a Cat for all That; Don't Laugh at a Giraffe; Hop it McHoppit; Kitty Tricks; Lemmy the Lemming; Not a Lot; Our School's Like a Zoo; Oh Fiddledy-Diddledy-Dee; Our Wonky Donkey; Peas Please; Pet Mice are Quite Nice; Pick 'n Mix; Rat-a-Tat-Tat; Riddeling Siddeling; Run for Fun; Silly Millie; Sneak Thief; Vacation Sensations;

 

USE ALL OF THESE POETICAL INGREDIENTS:   Yes, ingredients is the right word, for when you make a cake, for example, if you only used the basic ingredients of flour, fat and water, then your cake would be no more than pastry, but the ingredients which make the cake so wonderful are the fruit, nuts, eggs, perhaps a filling and the icing on the cake.  Your ingredients to make your poem "special" are alliteration, consonance and assonance.  Remember this!!

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