Presentation on theme: "Aural imagery and Meaning"— Presentation transcript:
1 Aural imagery and Meaning Sound and SenseAural imagery and MeaningJennifer A. BennettSanderson High SchoolWake County Public School SystemNorth Carolina
2 Sound & Sense DevicesHow a poet uses the individual or collected sounds in a poem to enhance or emphasize meaning (sense) within itAural imagery—Handing us the sounds of the things and/or emotions the poem is aboutImportant indicator of tone; can set moodSubtle (if used well) and sometimes even subconsciousAvoid the brick-bat approach to these devices!
3 Types of S & S Devices Alliteration Consonance Assonance Euphony CacophonyOnomatopoeia
4 AlliterationOccurs when the initial sounds of a word, beginning either with a consonant or a vowel, are repeated in close succession in a line or lines of a poem.Mostly about beginning consonant soundsExamples:The snake silently slithered past Cyndi.Repetition of “s” sound at the beginnings of words inClose successionSO WHAT? The repetition of “s” sounds imitates the sound of the snake, creating an aural image!“Remembered with twinklings and twinges.”SO WHAT? “tw” repetition actually imitates the concept of twinkling and semi-involuntary twinge.
5 ConsonanceThe repetition of consonant sound in close succession within a line or lines of a poemsounds can be anywhere in the wordsThe snake silently slithered across the grass.The repetition of the “s” sound appears at different places in the words, not just the beginning.
6 Assonance Opposite of consonance The repetition of a vowel sound in close succession throughout a line or lines of a poemUsually in stressed syllablesExamples:Twinkle, twinkle, little star How I wonder what you are Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky.By and by, nor spare a sigh, Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie. And yet you will weep and know whyRepetition of long “i” sounds suggests the sound of the sigh.
7 Advertising SlogansWeather on the Ones (different letters, same sound)Scooby, Dooby, Doo, where are you?Wet WipesDora the ExplorerKrispy KremeDunkin’ DonutsHannah MontanaBlues CluesBerenstain BearsThe Now NetworkBear in the Big Blue HousePhil of the FutureRollie Pollie Ollie
8 OnomatopoeiaThe use of words that imitate or suggest the sound of the thing they presentExamples: buzz, clop, lash, roar, meow, crash, bombard, chokeOthers: chew, whisper, murmur, mumble, strike, sizzle, chop, blast, zoom
9 CacophonyNoise!Combinations of sounds that create discord; harshness of sound produced by sharp, gutteral consonant and word combinationsShort, clipped vowel sounds and consonantsex. “But notched and whelked and pocked and smashed”appropriate lyrics for a lullaby ?
10 EuphonySweet and pleasant sounding combinations of sounds/words that produce ease of articulation—soothing, flowing soundsSound & sense: these soft & flowing sounds suggest a pleasant atmosphere and meaningLong vowel sounds, soft consonantsEx. Dark faces pale against that rosy flame, The mild-eyed melancholy Lotos-eaters came.Dark faces pale against that rosy flame, The mild-eyed melancholy Lotos-eaters came.Soothing effect: long vowels, soft consonants, and soothing hypnotic rhythm