3_Ramification No.3 - Assonance\/Rhyme\/Poetry of China\/Poetry of Korea 2.22.2016 The entry Assonance delineates the usage of assonance in poems across

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Assonance/Rhyme/Poetry of China/Poetry of Korea2.22.2016The entry ’Assonance’ delineates the usage of assonance in poems across different cultures to investigate its definition and relationship to other poetic devices, such as rhyme, consonance, and alliteration. A significantly longer entry, the author of ’Rhyme’ exposits views of rhyme in different cultures, the taxonomy of rhyme in Western poetry, and terminology for rhyme. ’Poetry of China’ and ’Poetry of Korea’ outlines the history and structure of Chinese poetry and Korean poetry.The makers, P.G. Adams and S. Cushman, of ’Assonance’ suggest an indistinct line between rhyme and assonance, that assonance’s etymology opposes to the full taxonomy of rhyme. Quoting the Oxford English Dictionary, the maker states that the original definition of assonance (resemblance or correspondence of sound between two words or syllables) suggests its place as the basis of all prosody (para. 2). Conversely, the makers of ’Rhyme’, a large group including S. Cushman, places assonance under the category of rhyme (pg. 5 para. 6), and synonymizes assonance and near rhyme (pg. 2 para. 3). Both entries attest that rhyme and assonance have intertwined destinies: assonance substitutes rhyme on occasion (Assonance), makers using the Romance languages developed assonance before rhyme, and assonance sometimes provide complication to rhyme scheme (Rhyme).The tension in the ambiguous demarcation of rhyme and assonance raises the issue of taxonomy’splace in poetics: whether poetic terms can be concretely classified universally. Taxonomy finds its roots inthe Greek language taxis (meaning ’order’, ’arrangement’) and nomos (’law’ or ’science’). Poetics, as succinctly as possible, is the aspect of literary criticism that deals with poetry and the branch of knowledge concerning poetic techniques. Thus, poetics is, in essence, an attempt to infer the laws of poetry, and taxonomy assists in that purpose. Yet, taxonomy for creative techniques has limitations, as

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