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Like alliteration, assonance is a repetition of sounds; only, where alliteration is the repetition of consonant sounds, assonance is the repetition of vowel sounds. Deliberate assonance is a comparatively rare figure of speech in English. When assonance occurs together with alliteration at the ends of lines of poetry, it is called rhyme; or, if it is inside lines of poetry, it is called internal rhyme.