poetic device: Assonance

Assonance is when nearby words share the same vowel sounds, especially on their stressed (or accented) syllables, such as “tiny dinosaur” (which share a long “i” sound) or “random hat” (which share a short “a” sound).

These poems all include at least one instance of assonance. See if you can the assonant words in these poems.

On New Year's Day by Kenn Nesbitt
On New Year’s Day
Elaine the Complainer by Kenn Nesbitt
Elaine the Complainer
Bob’s Job
Saturday's My Lazy Day by Kenn Nesbitt
Saturday’s My Lazy Day
I'd Like to Be a Movie Star by Kenn Nesbitt
I’d Like to Be a Movie Star
Whenever It's December by Kenn Nesbitt
Whenever It’s December
When Puppies Play Baseball by Kenn Nesbitt
When Puppies Play Baseball
Hip-Hop Christmas
Candy Andy by Kenn Nesbitt
Candy Andy
I Found a Penny on the Ground
A Hippo Is Bounding around on My Head
My Gramma Got a Camera by Kenn Nesbitt
My Gramma Got a Camera
Bradley Bentley Baxter Bloome
It’s Winter Vacation
My Lunch Gave Me a Tummy Ache
My Brother Was Brought by a Bunny
A Goat in a Landfill
Lost Inside a Labyrinth by Kenn Nesbitt
Lost Inside a Labyrinth
I’m Wearing My Parrot
Our Cat Likes the Vacuum by Kenn Nesbitt
Our Cat Likes the Vacuum
The Noisy Boys from Boise by Kenn Nesbitt
The Noisy Boys from Boise
Random Miranda
When Frankenstein Sat Down to Dine by Kenn Nesbitt
When Frankenstein Sat Down to Dine
I’m Clever Whenever