Consonance

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Definition

Consonance is the effect of similar speech-sounds being near each other. Some forms of consonance can be singled out, which are: alliteration, where initial sounds matter; sibilance, where 's' and 'z' sounds are enhanced; and assonance, where the vowel-sounds of words are in concert.

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The consonance of the hard sounds in Wes Magee's 'The Boneyard Rap' might be said to echo the rattle of bones in the poem.
 

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