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  • 1. The Musical Elements of Poetry Rhyme, Alliteration, Assonance, and Consonance
  • 2. Rhyme
    • 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
  • 3. 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 .
    • (alternate)
    • 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
  • 4. Alliteration
    • Alliteration: The repetition of consonant sounds at the beginnings of words
      • m ap- m oon, k ill- c ode, b ad- b oy
  • 5. 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?
  • 6.
    • 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
    • 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
    Assonance
  • 7. 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?
  • 8. Ray Lamontagne, “Can I Stay”
  • 9. The Fugees, “Zealots”

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