Consonance


Consonance: The repetition of consonants in words stressed in the same place (but whose vowels differ). Also, a kind of inverted alliteration, in which final consonants, rather than initial or medial ones, repeat in nearby words. Consonance is more properly a term associated with modern poetics than with historical rhetorical terminology.


Here at Lop and Chop we fill all your firewood needs. Pine kindling gets it going. Maple makes the fire really burn. Redwood kills the smoke, and oak keeps it going all night long. We’ve been clear-cutting here since my ancestors “bought” this land from the Indians in 1840. There’s only about 10 acres of forest left. Half of it is redwoods, so that’ll give us a year here to sell firewood. When that goes, we’re going to make this an ATV and trail bike course. Also we’re going to do an annual “Bull Pull” where drivers pull bulls behind their ATVs in a race down the mountain, speaking of which, the mountain has already become a choice venue for “Erosion Riders” competitions, where drivers have to surmount ruts and gulleys to make it down the denuded mountain to the finish line. On the way down, they are required to scoop up a handful of mud and hit Rachel Carson’s statue with it as they roar by.

You can take out a firewood subscription if you like, but don’t talk too much about the redwoods, please. So, our motto says it all: “Yearn to Burn? Lop and Chop Will Light Your Fire.”

Damn! Here comes those tree-hugging losers who want to shut us down. Get out the chainsaws. Rev ‘em up and hold ‘em high.


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

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