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Poem: "Heroes Still Living"
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thnidu From: thnidu Date: April 15th, 2014 05:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Fascinating. Thank you!

I don't understand their examples of "weak assonance", and Cunnan doesn't help with it:
Weak assonance occurs in the odd numbered lines. "Guided" and "Odin", "worldly" and "knowledge", "bits" and "bettered" and "on" and "rune" are the words in which this occurs. Note that in this case the assonance occurs in the first syllable of the word each time.
HUH? Long I in guided and long O in Odin ate both falling diphthongs, and that's their only similarity. It doesn't get much weaker than that.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 15th, 2014 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)

You're welcome!

>> Fascinating. Thank you! <<

I'm glad you enjoyed this.

>> I don't understand their examples of "weak assonance", and Cunnan doesn't help with it: <<

I didn't have much luck with that part either. My best guess is that there's some kind of list what matches and what doesn't. Which I did not have.
siege From: siege Date: April 16th, 2014 12:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm pretty sure that weak assonance relies on Old English or dialectal pronunciation.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 16th, 2014 01:07 am (UTC) (Link)

Hmm...

That may be true. A lot of pronunciation has shifted over time.
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