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Sound of Poetry: Types and Examples

Grade 7
Aug 30, 2022

Sound of Poetry : 

Poets use sound in various ways to exhibit their poems.  

These are examples of sound techniques poets use to create images, tone and mood. 

Sound of poetry involves: 

  • Rhyme Scheme 
  • Repetition 
  • Alliteration 
  • Assonance 
  • Consonance 
  • Onomatopoeia 

Rhyme Scheme:  

Writers sort out rhyming words in an assortment of examples called rhyme plans. End of the rhyme is the rhyming of words at the closures of lines of verse. Inward rhyme is the rhyming of words inside one line of verse. 

Here are some examples of end rhymes.  



: (AABB) 

He think that He shall never see (a) 

A rhyme lovely as a tree. (a)  

A tree that may be in summer wear (b) 

A nest of robins in her hair. (b)  



Repetition is the common utilization of a sound, a word, an expression, or a line. Reiteration can be utilized to engage our feelings, make mind-set, and to underscore significant thoughts. 

Notice how Edgar Allan Poe involves reiteration in “Annabel Lee” to make passionate impacts:  


Furthermore, the stars never rise, yet I feel the brilliant eyes 

Of the excellent Annabel Lee; 

Thus, all the night-tide, I rest by the side 

Of my sweetheart my life and my lady, 

 In the mausoleum there by the ocean, 

 In her burial chamber by the sounding ocean. 


Alliteration is the is the reiteration of starting consonant sounds. The tongue twister, “Pitter  Patter Picked a peck of salted peppers,” abuses similar sounding word usage. Similar sounding word usage is not difficult to utilize, yet it is a test to utilize it well while composing verse.  


Assonance is the reiteration of vowel sounds. Notice the number of “O” sounds happen in this sonnet by Nina Bogan: 

 That it is So peculiar to float over words, similar to the smoke From the lumberjacks’ flames, over the valley.  


Consonance is the reiteration of consonant sounds anyplace inside words, not right toward the start. Count the “S” sounds as they show up in this refrain of “The Walrus and the Carpenter” by Lewis Carroll: 


The moon was shining sulkily,  

Because she thought the sun 

Had got no business to be there 

After the day was done— 

“It’s very rude of her,” she said, 

“To come and damage the fun!”  


Onomatopoeia is the utilization of words that make the sounds they describe.  

Words like hum, buzz, crash, and clank represent a sound.  


Slot-lot; tlot-lot! Had they heard it? The horse-hoofs ringing clear;  

Slot-lot, tlot-tlot, in the distance. 


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