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Meagan Ng

on 16 April 2014

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Transcript of Onomatopoeia

What is onomatopoeia?
Onomatopoeia is defined as a word, which imitates the natural sounds of a thing.

It creates a sound effect that mimics the thing described, making the description more expressive and interesting.

Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me;
Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see
A child sitting under the piano, in the
of the tingling strings
And pressing the small, poised feet of a mother who smiles as she sings.

In spite of myself, the insidious mastery of song
Betrays me back, till the heart of me
to belong
To the old Sunday evenings at home, with winter outside
And hymns in the cosy parlour, the tinkling piano our guide.

So now it is vain for the singer to burst into clamour
With the great black piano appassionato. The glamour
Of childish days is upon me, my manhood is cast
Down in the flood of remembrance, I
like a child for the past.
Kids are running everywhere.
Running and

Falling in the pool.
The music plays –
The children dance.
Finally, the food is off the grill-
The Bells

Hear the sledges with the bells -
Silver bells!
What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
In the icy air of night!
While the stars that oversprinkle
All the heavens seem to twinkle
With a crystalline delight;
Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells
From the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bells -
From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.

on·o·mat·o·poe·ia [on-uh-mat-uh-pee-uh]
Patient Name:
Common examples
The buzzing bee flew away.
The sack fell into the river with a splash.
The books fell on the table with a loud thump.
He looked at the roaring sky.
The rustling leaves kept me awake.
Pool Party
Natasha Niemi

They're a part of speech where the speaker expresses excitement or emotion
You should NEVER confuse onomatopoeia with interjections!
However, sometimes onomatopoeic words are used as interjections
"Boom! That's how you do it."
Some examples of interjections are
Wow! Game Time!
Boom is an obvious
but some of you may ask
why is "weep" not one?

Well if you think about it,
weep is a verb and it doesn't
imitate what weeping should
really sound like
The door went
In the still of the night
The floor went bump
Oh what a fright
All of a sudden, we heard a
The grandfather clock was keeping good time
We turned down a hallway and heard a loud
It seems that someone had dropped all the trash
So many sounds when the lights go out
It’s enough to make you scream and shout!
When The Lights Go Out

Alan Loren
An onomatopoeia for
scream and should could have
been "Aah!" or "Boo!"
Meeting at Night (by Robert Browning)
At midnight in the museum hall
The fossils gathered for a ball
There were no dreams or saxophones,
But just the
of their bones…
Three fields to cross till a farm appears;
at the pane, the quick sharp scratch
And blue
of a lighted match…
Fossils (by Ogden Nash)


Hear the tolling of the bells -
Iron bells!
What a world of solemn thought their monody compels!
In the silence of the night,
How we shiver with affright
At the melancholy menace of their tone!
For every sound that floats
From the rust within their throats
Is a groan.
And the people -ah, the people -
They that dwell up in the steeple,
All alone,
And who tolling, tolling, tolling,
In that muffled monotone,
Feel a glory in so rolling
On the human heart a stone -
They are neither man nor woman -
They are neither brute nor human -
They are Ghouls:
And their king it is who tolls;
And he rolls, rolls, rolls,


Hear the loud alarum bells -
Brazen bells!
What a tale of terror, now, their turbulency tells!
In the startled ear of night
How they scream out their affright!
Too much horrified to speak,
They can only shriek, shriek,
Out of tune,
In a clamorous appealing to the mercy of the fire,
In a mad expostulation with the deaf and frantic fire,
Leaping higher, higher, higher,
With a desperate desire,
And a resolute endeavor
Now -now to sit or never,
By the side of the pale-faced moon.

Edgar Allan Poe

Hear the mellow wedding bells -
Golden bells!
What a world of happiness their harmony foretells!
Through the balmy air of night
How they ring out their delight!
From the molten-golden notes,
And all in tune,
What a liquid ditty floats
To the turtle-dove that listens, while she gloats
On the moon!
Oh, from out the sounding cells
What a gush of euphony voluminously wells!
How it swells!
How it dwells
On the Future! -how it tells
Of the rapture that impels
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!

A paean from the bells!
And his merry bosom swells
With the paean of the bells!
And he dances, and he yells;
Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the paean of the bells,
Of the bells -
Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the throbbing of the bells,
Of the bells, bells, bells -
To the sobbing of the bells;
Keeping time, time, time,
As he knells, knells, knells,
In a happy Runic rhyme,
To the rolling of the bells,
Of the bells, bells, bells -
To the tolling of the bells,
Of the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bells -
To the moaning and the groaning of the bells.

Oh, the bells, bells, bells!
What a tale their terror tells
Of despair!
How they
, and
, and
What a horror they outpour
On the bosom of the palpitating air!
Yet the ear it fully knows,
By the twanging
And the clanging,
How the danger ebbs and flows;
Yet the ear distinctly tells,
In the jangling
And the wrangling,
How the danger sinks and swells,
By the sinking or the swelling in the anger of the bells -
Of the bells,
Of the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bells -
In the clamor and the clangor of the bells!

1. A carbonated beverage bubbling.
a) Bubble
b) Fizz
c) Burb
d) Zzz

2. Bless you!
a) Bliss
b) Choo-choo
c) Achoo
d) Ring
Based on the hints, name the words or short phrases that sound like what they describe.

3. Horses walking or coconuts being struck together.
a) Clip-clop
b) Boing
c) Crash
d) Cackle

4. Basketball shoes sliding on a gym floor.
a) Vroom
b) Swoosh
c) Boom
d) Squeak

It shushes
It hushes
The loudness in the road.
It flitter-twitters,
And laughs away from me.
It laughs a lovely whiteness,
And whitely whirls away,
To be
Some otherwhere,
Still white as milk or shirts,
So beautiful it hurts.
Cynthia in the Snow
by Gwendolyn Brooks
Loudness and whirl are both....
a) Onomatopoetic devices
b) Non onomatopoetic devices
c) Cool words
d) Not so cool words

The moon has a face like the clock in the hall;
She shines on thieves on the garden wall,
On streets and fields and harbour quays,
And birdies asleep in the forks of the trees.

The squalling cat and the squeaking mouse,
The howling dog by the door of the house,
The bat that lies in bed at noon,
All love to be out by the light of the moon.

But all of the things that belong to the day
Cuddle to sleep to be out of her way;
And flowers and children close their eyes
Till up in the morning the sun shall arise.
The Moon
Robert Louis Stevenson
Boom is a onomatopoeia
A. Yes
B. No
Howling is an onomatopoeia
A. Yes
B. No
Why is onomatopoeia used?

A. Idc
B. To make the description more expressive and interesting
C. To create a description less expressive and interesting
D. Agape
Interjection means that you can:

A. Use it the same way as an onomatopoeia
B. Hooray! Yay! Cheer!
C. Wooooo
D. Use it as a part of speech where you can express your excitement or emotion
If you were paying attention...

Name two poems that I used as examples
in my presentation
What does the fox say?
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