is the repetition of vowel sounds within a short passage of verse
. If the repeated sounds are consonants, the figure of speech
when the repeated consonants are in the middle of the word, or alliteration
when the repeated consonants are the first letters of the word. A combination of terminal assonance and consonance (the final vowel/consonant combination being repeated) results in rhyme
Assonance is more a feature of verse than prose. It is used in (mainly modern) English-language poetry, and is particularly important in Old French, Spanish and Celtic languages.