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Rhetorical devices: Alliteration, Assonance and Onomatopoeia

Rhetorical devices that deal with sounds

Njillan Sarre

on 23 September 2012

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Transcript of Rhetorical devices: Alliteration, Assonance and Onomatopoeia

Onomatopoeia Alliteration Rhetorical Devices A series of words that have a repetition of the same sound within a range of words The purple purse served its purpose. Example Example Assonance A type of alliteration, that has a repetition of vowel sounds within a chain of words The shells she sells are surely seashells.So if she sells shells on the seashore,I'm sure she sells seashore shells. How could Alliteration be used by an author to persuade? The repetition of sounds within nearby words has an effect of sticking to the minds of readers, and can be used to reinforced a writer's point of view. It can also be used in a comical approach towards persuasion like in tong-twisters. For instance: The appealing apples alone were enough to make you hungry. How could Assonance be used by an author to persuade? Similarly to Alliteration, Assonance persuades readers with an audible or sound effect. Assonance builds rhythm in any piece of writing and can be used to set the type of persuasive tone of the writer. Onomatopoeia A word whose sound mimics the sound it describes Examples The bucket made loud clank as is landed on the newly paved ground. A hiss is still considered impolite in most tribes today. The precise sounds in onomatopoeia can be used to an authors advantage to persuade readers because of its literal sounding. The use of Onomatopoeia can as well be used to relate foreign sounds to common ones. How could Onomatopoeia be used by an author to persuade? Tomlinson James, "James Tomlinson Communication Studies"- Web. 9/15/2012 <http://facstaff.bloomu.edu/jtomlins/rhetorical_devices.htm> WORKS CITED "Merriam Webster", "assoanance"- Web. 9/23/2012 <http://mw1.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/assonance Kermode Jennie, "Alliteration and Assonance in Poetry", explore writing, Web. 9/23/2012 <http://www.explorewriting.co.uk/alliteration-assonance-poetry.html> "Oracle ThinkQuest Education Foundation", "Onomatopoeia"- Web. 9/23/2012 <http://library.thinkquest.org/J0112392/omomatopoea.html> "Merriam Webster", "onomatopoeia"- Web 9/23/2012 <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onomatopoeia>
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