He was a gentil harlot and a kynde;
A bettre felawe sholde men noght fynde.

from Geoffrey Chaucer – The Canterbury Tales (General Prologue) on Rap Genius


The assonance of the “ah” syllable (in “a,” “harlot,” “and”) gives this couplet an air of pretentiousness, as if the speaker was not being truthful at all. The description is just the guise that the Summoner puts on, but it hides his true character. An additional sound is repeated use of the “awh” syllable, also as if the speaker was being fake but also condescending and deliberately ironic.

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