The Musical Elements of Poetry Rhyme, Alliteration, Assonance, and Consonance
Perfect rhyme: the repetition of the accented vowel sound and any succeeding consonant sounds.
old -c old , v ane -r eign , c ourt -rep ort , order -rec order , a isle - isle , alter - altar
Rhyme in Mother Goose
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 .
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
Alliteration: The repetition of consonant sounds at the beginnings of words
m ap- m oon, k ill- c ode, b ad- b oy
Alliteration in Mother Goose
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?
Assonance : Repeating vowel sounds in nearby words.
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
Consonance : Repeating consonant sounds in nearby words (not exclusively at the beginning)
gra b -tu b , fir st -mu st , tru ck -cra ck, -
all m a mm als na m ed S a m are cla mm y
A Mix of The Four in Mother Goose
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?