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 Brother’s a Genius
Nile and Nate
When Freddie Had Spaghetti
Arthur the Artist
Floyd the Coin Collector
Catastrophe
Dizzy Dottie’s Dog Salon
How Not to Make a Cardboard Fort
Bloome the Human Boomerang
Jake the Yo-Yo Maker
The Bagel Bird
Belinda’s an Expert at Bathing
Auntie Gravity
Boney Mahoney
The Toughest Pastry Maker
Our Family Picnic
Rudy Tude
Gobble, Gobble Went the Turkey
Today’s My Favorite Holiday
Gordon’s Garden
Cara’s Parrot
Buckaroo Huck
I Have an Amoeba
Abrocat the Acrobat