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Consonance is the repetition of consonant sounds in words which are in close proximity to one another. Unlike alliteration, which is the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words, consonance includes repetition of consonant sounds within words.

The following example, an excerpt from Lonely Wanderer, shows both alliteration and consonance:

Lonely Wanderer
I set my feet, the other day, to flight
Along a scarce trod, hidden, wooded trail
Where rocks are iced with damp and mossy fur,
And leaves in layers lie to slowly rot.

(Copyright 2009 by Douglas Twitchell)

The second line makes use of the "d" sound within words and at the end of words; the fourth line uses the "l" sound both at the beginning and within words.

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