10) There are assonances
that do not display coherence; fr- for example, seems to be devoid of significance, though fl- is a two-dimensional classifier.
At the same time there are the muted ironies, the understanding that a black woman is to be identified with "dusky beasts," but than again with "eve and her brother," and the tacit argument for kinship made by the assonance
of "beasts," "eve," "evenly.
The last three titles combine assonances
(o, a, e) and alliterations (b, f, t) in a way that sometimes is called "front rhyme.
Related to this reliance upon alliteration for meaning is Osundare's use of assonance
and consonance as witness most of the Yoruba lexical items which litter the landscape of his poetry, for example in his The Eye of the Earth ogeere amokoyeri; elulu; agbegilodo; oro; iroko; patanmo; olosunta.
Quite apart from the audacity of the content of the statement, the last two lines are lent enormous power by the poetic devices employed-the insistent rhythm; the off-beat alliteration of 'must' and 'mystery'; the assonances
of 'must' and 'love' and of all those wide 'a' sounds, 'claptrap', 'snatch', 'passionate', and 'transitory' which somehow sweep us with them in their openness.
Law captures the horse's lean, natural beauty in the elongated assonances
and the slant rhymes that buttress the staccato "High Stepper.
Specifically, we showed that (at least) most initial bi- and triconsonantal cluster assonances
in English monosyllables were semantically coherent--in the same sense that classifier systems are--to a degree (typically 70%) far beyond chance, and that rimes were also coherent, though to a lesser degree.
of colour are now apparent, for instance the unifying reds of Le Brun and Muller.
74, says of the Latin, "No modern prose can reproduce the original solemn parallelisms and assonances