Effect of Sound on Poetry

Poets will often use sound as a way to add certain effects to their writing. This can be done in several ways. It can be done with rhyme, onomatopoeia, alliteration, and assonance. Rhyme is one of the cornerstones to most poetry. There are several different types of rhyme. An End Rhyme is a rhyme in which the ending words of two sentences sound the same. This is also known as a perfect rhyme. A Half Rhyme is when the the two words sound similar, but not quite the same. There are other differences in rhyme as well. A rhyme is considered masculine if the rhyme is on the stressed syllable and feminine if on the unstressed. In addition to sound rhyming, there is also the Eye Rhyme, in which two words have the similar spelling, but do not have similar pronunciation. Onomatopoeia refers to the use of letters and phonetics to represent the sounds of things we hear in life. The sound a telegraph emits could be classified as a beep, since the letters B-E-E-P, when spoken, sound similar to the telegraph noise. Alliteration is the use of the same beginning sound in a string of three or more words. Assonance is similar to alliteration, except it refers to the middle sound instead of the beginning sound.


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