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Poetic Terms and MacBeth

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Assonance is closly related to alliteration, except the sound is a vowel sound that appears within the word, instead of at the begining.

"Hath made his pendent bed and procreant cradle:

Where they most breed and haunt, I have observ'd

The air is delicate

          See, see, our honour'd hostess!

The love that follows us sometimes in our trouble,

Which still we thank as love.  Herein I teach you

How you shall bid God 'elyd us for your pains,

And thank us for your troubles" I, v, 8-14.

Duncan is greeting his hostess at the MacBeth castle, and this repititious 'O' sound makes what he is saying seem more honourable and pleasant.


"Glory is like a circle in the water,
Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself,
Till by broad spreading it disperses to naught" W. Shakespeare.

Cristen Kleindienst, English 11, Block A2, Mr. Brisebois, May 2005.