Assonance: Figure of repetition in which different words with the same or similar vowel sounds occur successively in words with different consonants; two or more words with similar vowel sounds sandwiched between different consonants.


"As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives, 
Every wife had seven sacks, every sack had seven cats, 
Every cat had seven kittens: kittens, cats, sacks and wives, 
How many were going to St. Ives?"

-- delivered by Jeremy Irons, from the movie Die Hard with a Vengeance (as taken from the riddle poem "As I was going to St. Ives")

Note: Also Alliteration

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"The gloves didn't fit. If it doesn't fit, you must acquit."

-- Johnny Cochran, Closing Arguments from the O.J. Simpson Trial

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"When Jesus told his disciples to pray for the kingdom, this was no pie in the sky by and by when you die kind of prayer."

-- Tony Campolo

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"Let's go kick the tires and light fires big daddy."

-- delivered by Harry Connick, Jr. (from the movie Independence Day)

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"In the brief span of thirty-odd years, the world has seen an inventors dream, first materialized by the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk, become an everyday actuality."

-- Amelia Earhart

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"Our flag is red, white, and blue -- but our nation is rainbow. Red, yellow, brown, black, and white, we're all precious in God's sight."

-- Jesse Jackson, 1984 Democratic National Convention Address

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"I feel the need, the need for speed."

-- delivered by Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards (from the movie Top Gun)

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