Definition of assonance:
- A peculiar species of rhyme, in which the last acce` ted vow` l and tnose whioh follow it in one word correspond in sound with the vowels of another word, while the consonants of the two words are unlike in sound; as, calamo and platano, baby and chary.
- Incomplete correspondence.
- Resemblance of sound.
No doubt there is some repetition, some iteration, which becomes slightly wearisome, of his favourite rhymes, indicating, what has been observed independently of reference to this particular writer, that the resources of the English language for terminal assonance, under the stringent conditions required by the modern rules of versification, are inevitably limited and show signs of exhaustion.- "Studies in Literature and History", Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall.
- "Latin Literature", J. W. Mackail.
- "Reviews", Oscar Wilde.