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Shouldn't it be an Eminem example that doesn't rhyme so as not to confuse the issue? I like otherwise.

NICE reference to Eminem. I can see now that he deploys this technique all the time!

Incorrect Examples from Hip-Hop Music[edit]

The examples from Big Pun and Public Enemy are not intended to be assonance. For example, note the use of "had it" "addict" "static". Public Enemy did not use these words for assonance; they are slant rhymes (or imperfect rhymes). A fundamental aspect of hip-hop is to improvise, and this is shown through the common use of slant rhymes as opposed to perfect rhymes, as this widens the scope of content with which to rhyme. Assonance and slant rhymes may share common traits, however it is certain that Public Enemy intended the words "addict" and "static" to rhyme, rather than simply displaying assonance. Gwame (talk) 23:59, 4 February 2009 (UTC)

Eminem section removed.[edit]

assonance a domonative sound of a vowel


I removed the Eminem section.

Don't get me wrong here: I love Eminem. He's one of my favorite lyricists. But he's a pop phenomenon and a fairly new addition to the "great rhymers" canon. Providing ONLY Eminem's instances of assonance while ignoring other bigger, better, and more important rappers (hello, people! Big Daddy Kane? Run DMC?) reveals a gross bias in this article, as well as someone's general ignorance about hip-hop.

Eminem's not the only rapper out there, folks. And there are much, much better uses of assonance in our language. Is it that hard for someone to put, I don't know, Shakespeare on this page?

But for those of you who think I'm hating: I did include ONE example from Eminem on the page along with the other examples. I also believe it's the best example to include, since it still sensical when taken out of the context of the verse.

Thank you for keeping an Eminem quote :) While I'm not a fan, I am very opposed to the idea of a 'canon', and think it is a good example of contemporary use of Assonance! Jellocube27 09:48, 2 August 2006 (UTC)


Maybe I'm just a traditionalist, but Eminem right under Robert Louis Stevenson, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Edgar Allan Poe? Can we at least call me Marshal Mathers III? That sounds a litle more legitimate.69.152.236.158 18:22, 3 March 2007 (UTC)

Seriously, I will not say I like Eminem, nor Kanye West, I listen to neither. This does not, however, mean I hate them. However, both examples are horrible examples of alliteration. Eminem's is the worst of the two, not only does it not form a coherent statement on its own, it barely fits alliteration. Maybe I am pronouncing something wrong, but i don't get repetition of anything. Kanye's example is a better example of consonance where the c sound is very prominent in the line, though it does do a better job at being coherent. Longbowe 03:08, 28 August 2007 (UTC)

This article is about assonance, not alliteration. You should check which article you are on before criticizing it. 203.129.39.80 (talk) 05:17, 15 October 2009 (UTC)

Yeah, that was me[edit]

Haha, yes, I know Eminem probably isn't the greatest rhymer of the English language, I just put him in there for fun, and also partly to dispel the thought that he has no talent. Thanks for keeping an example in there though!

  • The Eminem example is a poor one, not because he's grossly overrated or anything like that, but because of its glaring case agreement problem: Emotions flows? Sorry, Marshall, but emotion flows or emotions flow would be correct. If an example from American pop culture absolutely must be cited, it would improve the article to cite an example that uses proper grammar. Many examples can be found, even in hip-hop verse.
    • That's not a case agreement problem. That's a problem of number agreement, because either the verb is carrying third person singular, when it should be plural, or the noun is carrying plural when it should be singular. A case agreement problem would be something like "Him flows" because the object form of the noun is used where the subject form is appropriate. If grammar absolutely must be criticized, it would improve your comments to use proper terminology.
  • Since as the poster above states the Eminem section was put in 'for fun', I have removed it. If anyone objects please put it back and discuss why you feel it is appropriat on the talk page.
I thought the Eminem example was neat. While not partial to Eminem, it's nice to see that proof that assonance was used past the 19th century. Lollerskates 22:40, 9 September 2007 (UTC)

I disagree with the earlier suggestion that the Eminem example is a poor one. As long as the quote is a correct sample of assonance it is not important that "proper grammar" be used. In fact as an encyclopedia it's probably a good idea to include samples of grammar that is in use, documenting the whole rather than just the static rules. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 58.107.35.21 (talk) 00:14, 11 October 2008 (UTC)

really a rhyme?[edit]

Isn't Haydn pronounced, "hidin'" and not "hay-den"?

That, plus typical conversation wouldn't pronounce "a" as "ay", but as a schwa. Removing, it should be easier to find better examples; with so few chosen, all of them should be clear enough to not lead to any such questions. -Silence 04:01, 7 February 2006 (UTC)

Tennyson[edit]

What exactly is the relevant assonance supposed to be in the Tennyson example: the repetition of [ɚ]? That should be made clear with boldfacing. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 72.70.243.126 (talk) 17:07, 9 December 2006 (UTC).

What song is that[edit]

Which Eminem song is it? 75.153.204.116 03:06, 10 March 2007 (UTC)

"No Apologies"

It is off the Re-Up. Also, I love how pretty much everything on this talk page is regarding the Eminem reference. Funny! --Dexter111344 23:35, 12 March 2007 (UTC)

yall need 2 stop talking so much and put in a poem......... Some of us have work 2 do...


I have the re-up on my USB hard drive somewhere, What about the Kanye West one? RealG187 16:09, 22 March 2007 (UTC)

It is from the song "Get Em High" off of The College Dropout. --Dexter111344 19:59, 24 March 2007 (UTC)


  • You're on the Internet. Look it up.

Alliteration[edit]

I added a "see also" for Alliteration, cuz that's same thing except for vowles and the first letter, all the ubuntu distributions used this and I couldn't get the word, so i looked here... This would come in handy for people who know Assonance but not Alliteration. RealG187 16:22, 22 March 2007 (UTC)

"Light Night"[edit]

Isn't this more an example of rhyme rather than assonance? True, this rhyme does have assonance, but it's not really a good example to show for assonance. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Hezaa (talkcontribs) 15:55, 10 April 2007 (UTC).

(Reply: If it contains assonance, leave it be. It proves an example of both an Oxymoron & Assonance combined thus providing a somewhat challenging, yet perfectly legitimate example) Thanks

Assonance, what is it?[edit]

Quoting the words of Michael Caine and Julie Walters in Educating Rita, "...assonance is getting the rhyme wrong." Genius.

Vandalism repaired[edit]

I am not a registered editor of Wikipedia, but I did notice that someone had vandalised this page (by adding the words "god save the queen") and thought I might as well fix it. I undid the previous alteration, and also changed "The i's in those words have same vowel sounds" to "The i's in those words have the same vowel sounds".

J. J. Guest

assonance talking[edit]

Assonance is repetition of vowel sounds in taking or in the every day talking —Preceding unsigned comment added by 82.3.121.249 (talk) 18:31, 14 May 2008 (UTC)

suggestion[edit]

When it's written in Britain we get a little smitten/ like a kitten the cuddle is where I'm benefittin'

- Anthony Kiedis, Mercy Mercy, Red Hot Chili Peppers

I always thought that song had loads of good examples tbh.

SUM OF DESE BOUS NEED TO NO DAT SUM OF US CANT GET A BOYFRIEND LIKE JAILON. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 74.231.184.224 (talk) 21:00, 3 May 2010 (UTC)

Swan / stone[edit]

In Educating Rita the lecturer tells Julie Walters that "swan" and "stone" are assonant rhymes. But that doesn't seem right according to this article. Can anyone confirm whether swan/stone is assonant? (And, no, it wasn't me that added the bit about Educating Rita to the article, but it did make me chuckle to see it there as I still have the film on the telly beside me. --bodnotbod (talk) 22:21, 11 July 2010 (UTC)

I agree that it does not seem like assonance. Some argue that it is consonance instead, because the initial consonants match. But in The Listeners by Walter De La Mare, he rhymes 'stone' with 'gone', and here in Britain, particularly in the South of England and Scotland, the word 'scone' (Scone (bread)) is typically pronounced with a short o so that it rhymes with 'swan' and 'gone' (whereas in the North of England they often pronounce it with a long o so that it rhymes with 'stone'). So it seems likely to me that the word 'stone' was pronounced with a short o by Yeats and De La Mare such that for them, 'stone' rhymed perfectly with 'swan', 'gone', and the British 'scone'. So I don't think that it was assonance or consonance or even 'getting the rhyme wrong'. But I'm only guessing.David G Anderson (talk) 15:51, 17 April 2012 (UTC)

the state of this page[edit]

this page is really sloppy-looking and I see alot of inconsistencies (such as certain quotes having quotation marks {and periods} at the end of them and others not having them, letters being capitalized that shouldn't be {and vice versa in some instances}, "shit" being censored and then uncensored further down the page, etc.) but it won't let me edit it and clean it up for some reason so can someone else please? it shouldn't be very much work, just a few things here and there.

sorry if this seems whiny, by the way. I'd do it myself if wikipedia would let me.— Preceding unsigned comment added by 74.214.57.198 (talkcontribs) 09:08, 22 March 2013‎

I agree with the previous that much of this page is poor, but my complaints are about the examples cited. It has simply become a long list as everybody adds their more examples. However, some of the examples involve rhyme more than assonance. I truly believe we have enough examples. Any additional examples should illustrate something additional, with these explanations included.Pete unseth (talk) 15:35, 28 November 2013 (UTC)
If all of the current examples are just illustrating the same phenomenon of repeated vowel sounds, I can't see that we need more than two or three. Maybe one from literature, one from poetry and one from music? --McGeddon (talk) 15:39, 28 November 2013 (UTC)