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Thread #168571   Message #4072244
Posted By: GUEST,Jerry
17-Sep-20 - 04:28 PM
Thread Name: Phrasing and rhyming
Subject: RE: Phrasing and rhyming
Surely the pronunciation of ‘again’ depends more on the length of syllable needed at that point - agen is a soft syllable and agane is a hard one, and the metre of the lyric may or may not require a hard end to the line. Besides, rhymes don’t have to be perfect ones anyway, and many songs have assonance rhymes, where the consonants rhyme, even if the vowels sounds do not:

And they whither with the wind (alliteration)
And they crumble in you hand (assonance)
And the leaves that are green (vowel rhyme) turn to brown (consonant rhyme).