The idea was to stick three stressed assonant
or rhyming words in a row, around a line break or caesura, and then trick the reader with a fourth that contrasted.
Pythagoreanism offers him the obviously assonant
idea of metempsychosis, and Pythagoras' sermon forms a neat recapitulating coda in the pattern of human, vegetable, animal, mineral and (metatextually) literary transformations which make up the Metamorphoses.
The translator here revels in clever word-play, as when in one of de Coligny's madrigals, he captures the lady's chastising of the male object's divided heart by inverting lines two and four of the original French such that the man's name, "Tirsis," is replaced by the assonant
, if not fully rhyming term "Betwixt," which gives voice to the central "torn between two lovers" theme.
Dissonance can be lessened, particularly for students who do not make the transitions between texts and contexts easily, by focusing on the aspects of texts that are assonant
The duration and repetition of this "ar" sound throughout the poem emphasizes this assonant
Apart from the description of a child being led off by a supernatural force holding his hand, there are other details common to both poems, such as the use of a tight metric stanza (consonantal rhyme in Yeats's 'The Stolen Child', assonant
rhyme in Lorca's 'Romance de la luna'), repetition of lines (the refrain in Yeats's poem, Lorca's repetition of 'Huye luna, luna, luna' in ll.
All of the chapters have distinct, and remarkably distinctive, topics; for example, "Fathers and Daughters," "Brotherly Love," or my favorite, the nicely assonant
, understated, and Austen-inflected, "Importance of Aunts.
Even the assonant
pattern of long "o"s in this sequence artfully reflects the surprise of "Oh
But it is also by virtue of their two-syllabled "El-" and "Al-" prefixed first names, and their assonant
, rhyming last names, that they are connected, linguistically and, in the Cratylean formula, essentially.
I regret that my review suggested that most of his translations contain overt rhyme schemes or, worse, that their accuracy has been compromised by adherence to rhyme schemes, however assonant
the rhymes might be.