Today we are going to talk about two similar ideas of rhyming in the realm of loose/imperfect rhymes.
First up, the additive/subtractive rhymes. These are words that have similar sounding vowel sounds, but one might have a extra consonant sound at the end.
And years after years we tried
But it only made me scream and cry
Both words at the end of the phrases have the “I” sound, but tried ends with a -d.
And then there are assonance/consonance rhymes. This is when both words have a consonant after their similar sounding vowels, but they are different.
Okay, that might sound confusing, but take a look here:
And so death was a great mystery
No one knew who’ll the Reaper reap
What soul to take or whom to keep
A deadly trick-o’-treat
Lines 1 & 2 show an additive/subtractive rhyme because reap ends in a consonant while mystery does not.
Lines 2 & 3 show a perfect rhyme with both the vowels and consonants matching.
Finally, Lines 3 & 4 how an assonance/consonance rhyme because while the stressed vowel sounds are the same, the consonants at the end are different.
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