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
My Puppy Punched Me in the Eye
I Bought a Maserati
An Ogre Came over for Dinner
I Tried to Take a Selfie by Kenn Nesbitt
I Tried to Take a Selfie
Bradley Bentley Baxter Bloome
After Thanksgiving
My Favorite Word is Floofy
Bob’s Job
A Goat in a Landfill
A Hippo Is Bounding around on My Head
I’m Clever Whenever
Random Miranda
You’re Not Supposed to Touch Your Face
Wayne the Stegosaurus
A Tiny, Spiny Dinosaur
This Morning Is Our History Test
That Explains It!
Today’s My Favorite Holiday
A Valentine for Mom
Larry the Librarian
My Ugly Pug
Rosy the Dozer