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Alliteration

The repetition of the same sound at the beginning of words.

Samples:

The peacock passes, a pompous one-bird procession.

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Glossary of Poetic Terms -Alliteration

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Dictionary of Literary Terms - Alliteration

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Assonance

Repetition of vowel sounds within words.

Samples: The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain.

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Glossary of Poetic Terms - Sound Devices

Glossary of Poetic Terms - Assonance

Dictionary of Literary Terms - Assonance

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Consonance

Repetition of consonant sounds in the middle or ends of words.

Sample:

A dove moved silently above the waves.

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Glossary of Poetic Terms - Consonance

Dictionary of Literary Terms - Consonance

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Onomatopoeia

The use of a word whose sound suggests its meaning.

Sample:

The bacon sizzled in the frying pan.
The crashing thunder woke me from my sleep.

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Glossary of Poetic Terms - Sound Devices

Glossary of Poetic Terms - Onomatopoeia

Dictionary of Literary Terms - Onomatopoeia

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Rhyme

The last syllable or two in lines of verse have a similar sound.

Sample:

Hickory, dickory, dock
The mouse ran up the clock.

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Glossary of Poetic Terms - Sound Devices

Glossary of Poetic Terms - Rhyme

Dictionary of Literary Terms - Rhyme

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