Sounds Like Poetry
I love the sound of poetry. As a poet I consciously play with sounds. As well as reading poetry with our eyes, we must read it with our ears. In other words, listen to the sound the words create. Sounds of words and sounds within words attract my attention when I am writing a poem. I repeat sounds in the hope of attracting the ear of my readers. I want the sounds I have selected to be noticed and noted. The reader's mind is the destination for my sound bytes.
I may repeat a consonant at the beginning of certain words to create ALLITERATION. In this extract from 'Simply A Walk In the Park, I wrote the line containing several words beginning with the consonant 'b.':
A large wooly dog barks boldly at the butterflies
In the poem Jeffrey the Jellyfish' I have used lots of alliterative combinations.
Jeffrey was a jellyfish
A rather jolly jellyfish
He floated freely in the sea
Bobbing and bouncing happily
Here is another example from 'Monday, Monday, Not A Fun Day'
where you can clearly hear a host of 'm' words.
On Monday mornings, I am moderately mean,
A maddening monotone moaner.
Misery is my Monday morning master.
I also use sounds to link words and convey a meaning in the same way writer's use onomatopoeia to convey certain meanings. I also create my own sound words (PACOW!) Listen to the ow/ou sound in these lines from the poem, 'Why Don't Cows Use Their Horns.'
A brown cow jumped out in front of me.
Poor car, Poor cow
Poets use rhyme to create sound patterns. In this limerick poem, 'Cheesed To Please You' you will notice how the rhyme is at the end of the lines. The rhyming pattern, which limericks demand is AA, BB, A
An old man who lived in Kildare
Found a large purple mouse in his hair.
He named the mouse Milton
And fed it on Stilton,
Although it preferred Camembert.
When a poet uses rhyming couplets sound is critical to success. Listen to this:
As I was going to Wangaratta
I met a man who love to chatter
He talked to me of many things
Apples, tractors, angel wings
I also like to use ASSONANCE where a vowel sound (a-e-i-o-u) is repeated within words. Can you hear it in the following poem?
Bruce And The Goose
Big Bruce Booth from Booligal
Found a huge, blue goose in a tree
He rescued the goose
Who couldn’t get loose
Then invited the bird home for tea
And now, when Bruce B goes walking
In his grooviest maroon colored shoes
The blue goose walks proudly beside him
And they both croon tunes to the moon.
Hope you like the sound of all this... Try it yourself. Listen to your words ever so closely. Make those words sing out.