17 Literature Consonance Examples: What, Why, Where, How, When To Use


Consonance is a figure of speech in which we see the repetition of similar consonant sounds in the line of text. We can say it the attention to the impact of words in rhetorical and artistic sense of significant combination of words. Those words have more purposeful, thematic prospective in the context.

Literature Consonance Examples and Explanations

Example # 1.

William Blakes —“Tiger”:

Tiger tiger, burning bright.”

Explanation:

In the above line we see the repetition of consonant sounds “ g” , r and “t” occurred in the words.

Example # 2.

William Shakespeare —“Sonnet 64”:

“Increasing store with loss and loss with store.”

Explanation:

 In the above in the line the consonant sounds “s” ,and “r” occurred here to make an interesting sound.

Example # 3.

William Butler Yeats —“The man who dreamed of Fairyland”:

“Old silence bids its chosen race rejoice,/ Or stormy silver fret the gold of day”

Explanation:

Here ‘ s’ and ‘r’ sounds of consonant repeated in the line to make line more pleasing sound.

Example # 4.

Edmund Spenser —”Ephithalamion- Stanza -10”:

“Her goodly eyes lyke sapheress shining bright/ Her forehead young white/ Her cheeks lyke apples,”

Explanation:

Here in words between we find “s” is repeated in sounds of words.

Example # 5.

Edmund spenser —“Prothalamion-Stanza-8”:

“Next whereunto three standes a Stately place/where oft I  gayned gifts and goodly grace

Explanation:

We see the consonant sounds of words “ g” and “s” repeated in the words between.

Example # 6.

Dylan Thomas—“And, Death Shall have no dominion”:

One short sleep past, we wake

Eternally, and death shall be no

Use, Death, thou shall die.

Shakespeare too had said;

And Death once dead, this no more dying there”

Explanation:

The consonant sounds “Th”, “d”, and “s” are repeated here in the words.

Example # 7.

Philip Larkin —“Todas”:

Lots of folk live on their wits:

Lectures, lispers,

Losels, loblolly-men, lotus-

They don’t end as paupers;”

Explanation:

The consonant sounds in the words occurred “l” to make the lines more interesting and pleasing sound.

Example # 8.

Sylvia Plath—“The Colossus”:

“Scaling little ladders with

Glue pots and pails of Lysol

I crawl like an ant in morning”

Explanation:

Here the consonant sounds “l” , “s”, and “n” repeated in the words between to create pleasuring sounds.

Example # 9.

T.S.Eliot —“The West Land”:

Time present and time past

Are both perhaps present in the future

And time future contained in time past

Explanation:

In the line the consonant sounds are occurred within words “t’, “p”,.

Example # 10.

John Keats —“ Hyperion”:

“ Deep in the shady sadness of vale

For sunken from the healthy breath of morn”

Explanation:

Here the consonant sounds “s” occurred in the words to repeat sounds.

Example # 11.

John Dryden —“Mec Flecknoe”:

“ Og from a treason Tavern

rowling home,

Round as a Globe, and tiquor’d every chunk,

Goodly and Great he Sayls behind his link;

Explanation:

The consonant sounds of “g” occurred here three times in the lines to make sound pleasurable.

Example # 12.

Alexander Feast —“ An Ode I honour of S.T. Cecilia,s Day”:

Happy, happy, happy pair!

None but the brave,

None but the brave,

None but the brave deserves the fair”

Explanation:

We see the consonant sounds “h” and “g” occurred in the words to create the sounds more interesting.

Example # 13.

George Herbert —“The Collar By”:

“I struct the board and cried, No more, I will abroad.

What? Shall I ever sigh and pine?”

Explanation:

Here in the words of the sounds “d” repeated to create the sounds more interesting.

Example # 14.

Robert Browning —“ Childe Ronald to the dark Tower came”:

“ For , What, with my whole world

Wido wandering

What with us search drawn

Out this years, my hope”

Explanation:

Here the  consonant sounds of words “w” repeated to create sounds more interesting.

Example # 15.

Oscar Wilde —“ The Ballad of Reading Gaol”:

“ He did not pass in purple pomp

Nor ride a moon-white steed.”

Explanation:

The consonant sounds of words “p” repeated to create more pleasing sounds of words.

Example # 16.

P.B.Shelley —“ The West Wind”:

“ O wild West Wind, thou breath of Autumn,s being,”

Explanation:

The consonant sounds of words “w” repeated here to make pleasing sounds.

Example # 17.

S.T.Coleridge —“ The Rime of The Ancient Mariner Stanza -IV”:

“ Alone. Alone, all, all alone,

Alone, one a wide wide sea!”

Explanation:

The consonant sounds of words “l”, and “n” repeated in the words to create the sounds of words more interesting.

Why to use literature consonance?

The poets and the authors prefer to utilize such repetition of words combination to create a special harmony in the context and want more concrete and prompt in the rhythmic words tactfulness in the poetic lines.

How to use literature consonance?

Literature consonance moreover demands the sounds creation in the line of the poetry. Each and every poet likes to make their works more effective for the readers or listeners friendly so that the appreciation can be more balanced. The poet likes to use their artistic impulses through the best usages of right words in right time between the lines for concrete sounds of words.

Where to use literature consonance?

The poets like to use of literary consonance in their poetry writing and in the dramatic conversation. Literary consonance generally is used at the initial, in the end or in the middle of the same sound of consonant words in the line of the text.

When to use literature consonance?

Most of the time literature consonance is utilized in the words in the text to create fast and interesting impact on itself. When the character in the drama or the speaker of the poetry wants the theme of the text can need repetition of words.

Conclusion

Consonance creates a special repetition of consonant sounds in the words that is more interesting and harmonious for listening and reading.

Bhabesh Sing

Hi! I am Bhabesh Sing. I have completed M.A in English(IGNOU) and M.A in Vocal Music ( RBU Kolkata) with B.Ed(WBUTTEPA). I am a creative writer. Currently I am a part of the Lambda Geeks.

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