Monday, March 23, 2009


Everything you ever wanted to know about rhyme and sound but were afraid to ask:

onomatopoeia - words that sound like what they do--"Batman" words or "Rice Krispies" words (snap, crackle, and pop; buzz, clang, howl, flutter, etc.)
end rhyme - words that sound alike on the final syllable (contains assonance AND consonance) (begin and win)
masculine rhyme - words that sound alike on only one syllable (begin and win; undo and blue)
feminine rhyme - words that sound alike on more than one syllable (beginning and winning; fluttering, stuttering, and buttering)
eye rhyme - words that are spelled similarly but have different sounds (have and gave)
slant rhyme - the use of assonance or consonance--when words "kind of rhyme" (begin and sing; tenth and bell; trance and prince)
assonance - repeated vowel sounds (begin and sing; tenth and bell)
consonance - repeated consonant sounds (trance and prince; delicate and dark; clinking and thankful)
alliteration - repetition of initial consonant sounds, usually for a playful or humorous effect (dark, dank, and dreary) NOTE: This is a type of consonance.

Read and analyze "A Fire-Truck" by Richard Wilbur using TPS-FAST. Pay particular attention to sound devices.

HW: For Wednesday, write a poem about friendship, love, heartache, death, or something you see every day that uses sound and some kind of rhyme for effect.

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