Assonance

Not to be confused with asinine, Assonance links words by means of echoed vowels in which the end consonants differ but the accented vowels agree.  Assonance is a type of “near rhyme” and is quite common in pop music.  “Perfect Rhyme” however, is much less common in popular music today.  Assonance may also be called “Slant” or “Oblique Rhyme” by some.

Listen to a few songs and you’ll notice that slants such as these are often used to replace “perfect rhyme”: night/strike, meet/seen, slam/hand, trade/waste.

Here are some other examples where assonance is used within the line itself (internal rhyme):

  • “I never seen so many Dominican women with cinnamon tans”  – Will Smith, Miami
  • “The crumbling thunder of seas” – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “And murmuring of innumerable bees” – Alfred Lord TennysonThe Princess VII.203

Amateur songwriters commonly use the simplest and most predictable perfect rhymes, which often makes a song seem “cheesy”.  Try using tools like assonance as you develop your craft.

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