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What are some examples of consonance in "The Raven" by Poe?

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meowmix1 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted January 2, 2011 at 12:25 AM via web

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What are some examples of consonance in "The Raven" by Poe?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 2, 2011 at 3:04 AM (Answer #1)

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You asked more than one question in your original question which is against enotes regulations, so I have edited it down to focus on your main question alone. Please remember to ask only one question at a time, and don't feel tempted to slip in multiple questions!

Consonance is defined as the repetition of the same or similar final consonant sounds on accented syllables or in important words. Thus "ticktock" for example is an example because of the repeated "ck" sound. Do not confuse consonance with alliterations, which is the repetition of the same or similar consonant sounds in words that are close together. Poe uses both of these literary techniques extensively in his work.

Consider the following example of consonance from the poem:

And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.

Eager I wished the morrow;--vainly I had sought to borrow...

Note the consonance in the repetition of the "t" sound in "wrought," "ghost" and "wished." Remember, consonance is about the sound, not the actual letter, so the fact that "wished" ends in a "t" sound and not a "d" sound means that we can classify it as consonance.

Hopefully this will help you identify other examples of consonance in this great poem. Good luck!

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