Elements of Poetry: Sound Devices8th Grade English/Language Arts Poetry Unit: Sound Devices - Blume
*AlliterationThe repetition of initial consonant sounds, in two or more neighboring words or syllables.The wild and wooly walrus waits and wonders when we will walk by.Slowly, silently, now the moonWalks the night in her silver shoon;This way, and that, she peers, and seesSilver fruit upon silver trees-- from Silver by Walter de la Mare
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? (almost ALL tongue twisters!)
* Hear the music of voices, the song of a bird, the mighty strains of an orchestra, as if you would be stricken deaf tomorrow. Touch each object as if tomorrow your tactile sense would fail. Smell the perfume of flowers - from Three Days to See by Helen KellerAlliteration examples
*AssonanceA repetition of vowel sounds within words or syllables.Fleet feet sweep by sleeping geese.Free and easy.Make the grade. The stony walls enclosed the holy space.
*Assonance examplesPoetry is old, ancient, goes back far. It is among the oldest of living things. So old it is that no man knows how and why the first poems came. --Carl Sandburg, Early Moonon a proud round cloud in white high night- E. E. CummingsI made my way to the lake.
*The Eagleby Alfred Lord Tennyson
He clasps the crag with crooked hands; Close to the sun in lonely lands, Ring'd with the azure world, he stands.
The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls; He watches from his mountain walls, And like a thunderbolt he falls. Assonance example
Consonance Consonance is the repetition of two or more consonant sounds within a line.
*I dropped the locket in the thick mud.
Some mammals are clammy.
*Consonance exampleHe struck a streak of bad luck.
Buckets of big blue berries.
Slither and lather
Dawn goes down
Zealots by FugeesRap rejects my tape deck, ejects projectileWhether Jew or Gentile, I rank top percentile,Many styles, More powerful than gamma raysMy grammar pays, like Carlos Santana plays*Consonance example
*Repetition Words or phrases repeated in writings to give emphasis, rhythm, and/or a sense of urgency.
Example: from Edgar Allen Poes The Bells
To the swinging and the ringing of the bells, bells, bells Of the bells, bells, bells, bells Bells, bells, bells To the rhyming and the chiming of the bells!Think of all the songs you know where words and lines are repeated often a lot !
*OnomatopoeiaWords that sound like their meaning --- the sound they describe.buzz hiss roar meow woof rumble howl snap zip zap blip whack crack crash flutter flap squeak whirr.. pow plop crunch splash jingle rattle clickety-clack bam!Onomatopoeia is also considered a poetic sound device.