First, let's go over the definition of assonance.
The poetic term assonance refers to the repetition of a vowel sound. Poets use assonance to create rhythm and reinforce the mood in their work.
An example: "line" and "kind" have the same long "i" sound.
Here are five examples from "The Raven":
- "Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary": Weak and weary have the same "ee" vowel sound.
"While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping": Napping and tapping have the same "a" vowel sound.
“’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
Only this and nothing more.”: Door and more have the same "o" vowel sound.
- "Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning": Turning and burning have the same "er" vowel sound.
"This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, “Lenore!”—": Echo and Lenore have the same "o" vowel sound.
I hope this helps you, Jane! If you have any more questions, feel free to contact me :)