A Definition

  • The repetition of vowel sounds
    • in conjunction with dissimilar consonant sounds. (This second part is not as important for you to understand)

Notable Examples:

  • Ezra Pound's short poem, "In a Station of the Metro" uses assonance at the end of the two lines instead of rhyme (I've highlighted the vowel sounds that make the assonance):
    The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
    Petals on a wet, black bough.
  • An example I took from Poets.org: "I rose and told him of my woe."
  • From a student: "I really wanted some food, but was too lazy to move."

Why it's used

  • Verbal deliciousness . . . because it sounds nice. Open vowel sounds are where a great voice shows its stuff.