What are some examples of assonance poems

Examples of assonance in poetry


Assonance poems are abundant in the literature. Assonance is one of the more difficult techniques when writing poetry. Assonance occurs when vowels are repeated in words that are close together.

Literary devices in prose and poetry

There are three literary means in prose and poetry. These are:

  • Consonance - Repeat the final consonant tones of words. The writers usually focus on the accented syllables or the more important words to be used in this technique.
  • Alliteration - Repetition of the first notes of words that are pretty close together. A common example of alliteration is the tongue twister.
  • Assonance - Repetition of vowels to set the mood or to add the meaning of the word.

Assonance poems: changing the mood

The way you use assonance can change the mood of the poem:

  • Long vowels decrease the energy at this point in the poem and make the mood more serious.
  • Higher vowels increase energy and brighten the mood.

The first example of assonance poems is an excerpt from Bells from Edgar Allan Poe:

From the second stanza:

Hear the gentle wedding bells

Golden bells!

What a world of happiness its harmony foretells!

Through the mild air of the night

How they radiate their joy!

From the melted golden notes

And one in line

What a liquid song that swims

To the turtledove who listens while she is happy

From the fourth stanza:

What a solemn world thought their monody forces!

In the silence of the night

How we tremble with fear

At the melancholy threat to her tone!

For every note that floats

From the rust in their throats

Is a moan.

Poe used assonance in El Dorado also:

"Happy night,

A gallant night

In the sunshine and in the shade

Had traveled a long time

Sing a song,

Looking for El Dorado.

But he was getting old -

This knight so brave -

And - a shadow over his heart

Fell when he found

No ground stain

It looked like El Dorado. "

The master: Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was a master of all these literary techniques; Consonance, alliteration and assonance.

In this excerpt from the poem The Raven Note the "i" and "ur" sound used in assonance, the "s" sound used in consonance, and the "r" and "s" sound used in alliteration at the beginning of the words:

Ah, I clearly remember it was dreary December.

And every single dying ember cast her spirit on the ground.

I eagerly wished for tomorrow; - I tried to borrow in vain

From my books Transgression of mourning - Mourning for the lost Lenore -

For the rare and radiant virgin whom the angels called Lenore -

Here forever nameless.

And the silky, sad, uncertain rustle of every purple curtain

Excites me - fills me with fantastic horror that I have never felt before;

So now, to calm my heartbeat, I stood and repeated "

It is a visitor who asks for entrance at my chamber door -

A late visitor asked for entrance at my chamber door; - -

That's it and nothing more. "

More examples of assonance in poetry

Finding assonance poems is not a challenge as so many authors used this literary tool to create rhythm and cadence in their poems. Consider the following examples from Kelly Roper of LoveToKnow.com.

The cold wind is blowing

Who knows why the cold wind blows

Or where it's going or what it knows.

It only flows in passionate struggles

Until it finally slows down and settles down in peace.

The hero ants

The ants came to the cookie crumb festival

And looked at the crumbs from largest to smallest.

Her desire for the largest piece increased

So they decided to carry it to their farm in the east.

With one swing and one lift they lifted their load,

and lifted it on its back.

Then slowly, shuffling under the strain

They started to make their mark.

They used their strength hour after hour

And finally they set off

To her cheerful little farm full of sandy charm,

Where they were hailed as the heroes of the day.


Grief creeps in like a thief and steals away all joy.

It's holding it hostage, imprisoned in bondage,

And makes the world silent and gray.

A rude awakening

The ringing of the alarm clock gave him an inkling

That it was time to wake up.

But he set it up so that he dozed rather than dialed

to part with his sleep and his beautiful dream muse.

The next thing he heard was the sound of a bird -

A rooster named "cockadoodle doo".

He opened one eye and saw a hint of dawn in the sky.

But decided to ignore that too.

So he slept on it until the rattling woke him up

of metal spoon rattles on pan.

"If you don't get up and go to work instead,

I'll serenade you until you're dead, "said his angry wife.

Having fun with Assonance

Assonance doesn't need to be used only by serious poets on serious subjects. To top off the examples of assonance poems, consider this fun little ditty by Kelly Roper about the timeless exchange between a cat and a mouse.

Scratching, scraping, scraping and sawing,

The cat dug into the mouse's hole.

I feel pretty upset and completely depressed.

He realized that the mouse wasn't home.