Consonant and assonant rhyme

Although we all know that there is rhyme when two words have a matching sound in the last syllable, below we will teach you to differentiate if it is an Asonant or Consonant Rhyme , depending on the repetition of vowels or vowels and consonants in them. Once you have understood the differences and the definitions of each of the rhymes, you will find examples of poems to put it into practice and understand it in a more didactic way.

Asonante
Consonant
What is itIt consists of the repetition of vowel sounds in the last syllable of each verseIt consists of the repetition of vowel and consonant sounds in the last syllable of each verse
In which syllablelast of each verselast of each verse
Matching soundsVowelsVowels and consonants
TerminationFlexible (it can end up differently as long as it sounds similar)Little flexibility (should end the same)

Main Difference – Assonance Vs. Consonance

The main difference between assonance rhymes and consonant rhymes is that, in the former, the vowel sounds in the last syllable of each verse will coincide, while in the second, all the sounds (both vowels as of consonants) of the last syllable of each verse.

In both cases, the last syllable of each verse will coincide, but the difference is that in assonance rhymes they will only be with vowel sounds, and in consonant rhymes they will be with sounds as many vowels as consonants.

What is an assonance rhyme

As we detailed previously, an assonance rhyme consists of the coincidence of vowel sounds in the last syllable of each verse. In these rhymes it is not necessary that there be a phonetic or sound relationship (that is why we will see examples that the words do not end exactly the same). It is only required that the vowels be repeated to be determined as an assonance rhyme. These types of rhymes are considered “imperfect,” and give the writer greater flexibility.

Example of a poem with assonant rhymes:

“My gentleman” by José Martí

By mañ a n a s
My pequeñu e l or

I woke to b to 
With a great b e s or . 
Horcaj put a d a s 
About Me p e ch or , 
Bridas FORJ a b a 
With my cab and ll or s . 
G him drunk or z or , 
for joy I  and bri or , 
I espole a b a 
My Horse and r or : 
How soft skimmers on to 
two feet fr e sc or s ! 
How re ed 
My jinetu e l or ! 
And I bes to b at 
His feet Little Diva e ñ or s , 
Two feet that fit 
in just a b e s or ! 

What is a consonant rhyme

When we speak of consonant rhyme, we refer to those in which there is a coincidence of vowel and consonant sounds in the last syllable of each verse (unlike the assonance rhyme that only the vowel sounds will coincide with). In this type of rhyme it is necessary that there be a repetition of phonemes, this means that the sounds are repeated. That is why in consonant rhymes the termination of the words used are exactly the same in order to obtain an identical sound.

Example of a poem with consonant rhymes:

Garcilaso de la Vega:

As you do not offend or h art
try the field and loneliness am Aste ,
nor disdain uncultured aquesta p art
my style, something already estim Aste .

Among the weapons of the bloody M art ,
I do just there whom his anger contr Aste ,
pilfered from off this time short s uma ,
taking, now the sword, now the pl uma .

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