What Are Examples of Assonance in The Raven?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 5, 2020 5:33:11 AM ET
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Assonance occurs in the poem ‘The Raven’ by Edgar Allen Poe in several lines, including "while I pondered weak and weary." Assonance is the repetition of vowels (a, e, I, o, u and sometimes y) in poems; in the passage cited, the repetition of the vowels "ea" in the words "weak" and "weary" is assonance. In addition to repetition in vowels, assonance also consists of repetition in sounds, such as long vowel sounds or short sounds.