The Musical Elements of Poetry Rhyme, Alliteration, Assonance, and Consonance
Rhyme <ul><li>Perfect  rhyme: the repetition of the accented vowel sound and any succeeding consonant sounds. </li></ul><u...
Rhyme in Mother Goose <ul><li>Humpty-Dumpty sat on a w all , Humpty-Dumpty had a great f all ; Threescore men and threesco...
Alliteration <ul><li>Alliteration:  The repetition of consonant sounds at the beginnings of words </li></ul><ul><ul><li>m ...
Alliteration in Mother Goose <ul><li>Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers; A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper p...
<ul><li>Assonance : Repeating vowel sounds in nearby words.  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>m a t-cr a ck, m ee t-sp ea k, l ie -s ...
A Mix of The Four in Mother Goose <ul><li>As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives; Every wife had seven s...
Ray Lamontagne, “Can I Stay”
The Fugees, “Zealots”
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  1. 1. The Musical Elements of Poetry Rhyme, Alliteration, Assonance, and Consonance
  2. 2. Rhyme <ul><li>Perfect rhyme: the repetition of the accented vowel sound and any succeeding consonant sounds. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>old -c old , v ane -r eign , c ourt -rep ort , order -rec order , a isle - isle , alter - altar </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Rhyme in Mother Goose <ul><li>Humpty-Dumpty sat on a w all , Humpty-Dumpty had a great f all ; Threescore men and threescore m ore Cannot place Humpty-Dumpty as he was bef ore . </li></ul><ul><li>(alternate) </li></ul><ul><li>Humpty Dumpty sat on a w all , Humpty Dumpty had a great f all . All the king's horses and all the king's m en Couldn't put Humpty together ag ain </li></ul>
  4. 4. Alliteration <ul><li>Alliteration: The repetition of consonant sounds at the beginnings of words </li></ul><ul><ul><li>m ap- m oon, k ill- c ode, b ad- b oy </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Alliteration in Mother Goose <ul><li>Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers; A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked; If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked? </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Assonance : Repeating vowel sounds in nearby words. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>m a t-cr a ck, m ee t-sp ea k, l ie -s i de, m oa t-elb o w, m u ch-cr u d </li></ul></ul>Consonance <ul><li>Consonance : Repeating consonant sounds in nearby words (not exclusively at the beginning) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>gra b -tu b , fir st -mu st , tru ck -cra ck, - </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>all m a mm als na m ed S a m are cla mm y </li></ul></ul>Assonance
  7. 7. A Mix of The Four in Mother Goose <ul><li>As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives; Every wife had seven sacks, Every sack had seven cats, Every cat had seven kits; Kits, cats, sacks, and wives, How many were there going to St. Ives? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Ray Lamontagne, “Can I Stay”
  9. 9. The Fugees, “Zealots”
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