Please help identify assonance and consonance in the poem "When to Her Lute Corrina Sings" by Thomas Campion.
Assonance is the repetition of vowel sounds within a line or multiple lines of poetry. In Thomas Campion's poem "When to Her Lute Corinna Sings," there are many examples of assonance. The interesting thing to remember about assonance is that similar vowel sounds can be made by different vowels or vowel combinations. For example, in the first stanza, I have bolded the short "i" sound:
- revives, highest, and sighs in stanza one
- die in stanza two
Consonance, like alliteration, is the repetition of consonant sounds; however, consonance is the repetition of consonant sounds which are not at the beginning of words. Campion's poem is full of consonance.
First of all, the poem is written in pairs of rhyming lines, so every pair ends in consonance. In addition, note the consonance for the following sounds:
- the -ngs sound in sings and strings (3X)
- the similar -ng sound in sing, spring, and mourning
- the -r in appear and clear, her, pleasure, sorrow
- the -k in speak (2X) and break (2X)
- the -th in doth (5x), with