Daily Archives: February 26, 2008

Assonance

Assonance (ass’-o-nance): Repetition of similar vowel sounds, preceded and followed by different consonants, in the stressed syllables of adjacent words.

We are,  far and above,  about hopes and dreams, coping with uncertainty without cynicism, and making real what seems to some to be empty promises refracted through brightly-colored distracting prisms.  But we know there’s a difference between empty promises and hopes and dreams deferred by those who use their high offices–their elected offices–to silence the call for positive change.  But our time has finally come.  We are many.  As we raise our voices together during these days, and vote together on election day, these promises will be fulfilled–our hopes and dreams will be made real, and bearing the stamp of truth that the law impresses upon what is right and good by those who rightly use their high offices, they will bring our lives–and all of us–into closer concord with justice.

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).