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.

My Cat Knows Karate
My Flat Cat
My Flat Cat
I Bought a Maserati
My Puppy Punched Me in the Eye
We Bought a Lot of Candy Bars by Kenn Nesbitt
We Bought a Lot of Candy Bars
An Ogre Came over for Dinner
Bradley Bentley Baxter Bloome
I Tried to Take a Selfie by Kenn Nesbitt
I Tried to Take a Selfie
My Favorite Word is Floofy
Whenever It's December by Kenn Nesbitt
Whenever It’s December
After Thanksgiving
When Frankenstein Sat Down to Dine by Kenn Nesbitt
When Frankenstein Sat Down to Dine
Bob’s Job
I'd Like to Be a Movie Star by Kenn Nesbitt
I’d Like to Be a Movie Star
I’m Clever Whenever
A Hippo Is Bounding around on My Head
A Goat in a Landfill
Random Miranda
This Morning Is Our History Test
You’re Not Supposed to Touch Your Face
Thanksgiving Dinner by Kenn Nesbitt
Thanksgiving Dinner
Wayne the Stegosaurus
A Tiny, Spiny Dinosaur
That Explains It!