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Sound Effects in Poetry: Music to Your Ears

This is a presentation created to introduce 9th and 10th grade honors students to sound devices in poetry. It has been adapted from a Literary Strategies powerpoint presentation available with Holt, Rinehart, and Winston's PowerNotes: Elements of Literatu

Kyla Ward

on 27 August 2012

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Transcript of Sound Effects in Poetry: Music to Your Ears

Sound Effects in Poetry
Rhyme is the repetition of accent vowel sounds, and all sounds following them, in words that are close together in a poem.
End Rhyme
Internal Rhyme
Approximate Rhyme
Why do poets use rhyme?
use rhyme because it
enhances the music of a poem with chiming sounds
gives readers and listeners a sense of expectation
makes poems easier to memorize
End Rhyme occurs at the end of lines in a poem.
End rhymes are usually spaced 1-4 lines apart.
"Yo, from the first to the last of it, delivery is passionate
the whole an' not the half of it, vocals an' not the math of it..."
from "Definition," by Black Star (Mos Def and Talib Kweli).
From "Born this Way" by Lady Gaga
"Don't be a drag, just be a queen
Whether you're broke or evergreen
You're black, white, beige, chola descent
You're lebanese, you're orient
Whether life's disabilities
Left you outcast, bullied, or teased
Rejoice and love yourself today
'Cause baby you were born this way
No matter gay, straight, or bi,
Lesbian, transgendered life
I'm on the right track baby
I was born to survive..."
The Sun now rose upon the right:
Out of the sea came he,
Still hid in mist, and on the left
Went down into the sea.
From "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I bomb atomically—. Socrates' philosophies and hypotheses can't define how I be droppin' these mockeries.
Inspectah Deck, from Wu-Tang Clan's "Triumph"
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
From "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost
approximate rhyme occurs when two words have some sound in common but do not rhyme exactly.
Approximate rhymes are also called
half rhymes
off rhymes
slant rhymes
What is rhyme?
out, town
cheer, four
dollar, ruler
thought, soft
file, towel
brief, clean
Alliteration is the repetition of the same or very similar consonant sounds in words that are close together in a poem.
Black riders came from the sea
There was clang and clang of spear and shield,
And clash and clash of hoof and heel,
Wild shouts and the wave of hair
In the rush upon the wind.
Onomatopoeia is the use of a word whose sound imitates or suggests its meaning.
Onomatopoeia may imitate natural sounds or mechanical sounds.
Rhythm is a musical quality produced by repetition.
What is internal rhyme?
Internal rhyme comes in two types:
What is approximate rhyme?
What is alliteration?
From "Black Riders Came to the Sea" by Stephen Crane
What is onomatopoeia?
What is rhythm?
Poets can create rhythm by
* repeating patterns of stressed and unstressed syllables.
* repeating words, phrases, lines, or sentences
* using rhymes or repetitions of sounds
Rhyme is the repetition of accented vowel sounds, and all sounds following them, in words that are close together in a poem.
Internal rhyme occurs inside a line of a poem.
What is approximate rhyme?
What is end rhyme?
Assonance is the repetition of vowel sounds to create internal rhyming within phrases or sentences, and together with alliteration and consonance serves as one of the building blocks of verse.
Consonance is the repetition, at close intervals, of the final consonants of accented syllables or important words, especially at the ends of words.
From "'Hope' is the thing with feathers" by Emily Dickinson
“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -
Rhyme is the repetition of accented vowel sounds, and all sounds following them, in words that are close together in a poem.
After this you be pressing rewind on top your master disk
Shining like an asterisk for all those that be gatherin
Connectin like a roundhouse from the townhouse to the tenements
Cause all my Brooklyn residents, all the heavy regiments...
From "Definition" by Black Star
I seem to you to seek a new disaster every day
You deem me due to clean my view and be at peace and lay
I mean to prove I mean to move in my own way, and say,
I've been getting along for long before you came into the play...
From "Extraordinary Machine" by Fiona Apple
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