Consonance


Definition of Consonance:
Similarity in consonant sounds in words that otherwise do not rhyme.



Example of Consonance #1:

From:
Behind Me Dips Eternity, by Emily Dickinson

Behind Me -- dips Eternity --
Before Me -- Immortality --
Myself -- the Term between --
Death but the Drift of Eastern Gray,
Dissolving into Dawn away,
Before the West begin --

Explanation:
This poem contains consonance in the way it repeats the "t" sound, such as in "Eternity", "Immortality", "Term" & "Eastern".  Two of the words rhyme, but most share only the common consonant sound, which is typical of consonance.



Example of Consonance #2:

From:

    The buzz-saw snarled and rattled in the yard
    And made dust and dropped stove-length sticks of wood,
    Sweet-scented stuff when the breeze drew across it.
    And from there those that lifted eyes could count

Explanation:
Consonance appears in this poem in the way the "D" sound is repeated in "And made dust and dropped stove-length sticks of wood".  Consonance often has an effect on the rhythm and meter of a poem.




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See also:    Alliteration