What is an example of consonance?

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Consonance is the repetition of consonant sounds in a sentence. It is most often used and analyzed in poetry. Consonance can be confused with alliteration rather easily because they are so close. However, alliteration must repeat sounds in the beginning of words always to qualify as alliteration. Generally experts agree that both must contain three same consonant sounds to qualify, although you will often see only two and those count for teachers.

Examples of consonance include: home, same; worth, death; fill, scowl. Each pair of these have similar consonant sounds within the pair while different vowel sounds appear in front of those consonant sounds. They do not have same beginning sounds, and they do not rhyme. That's not to say that some of these features could not happen, but each of those features would model a different device at work and confuse the reader at this time.