Sound Devices~ Part 3

Six Critical Questions About Poetry

Sound Devices pt 3

Sound Devices 

Part 3

Are there sound devices?

True, some poems depend heavily on sharpness of images and do not make use of such techniques as rhyme, assonance, alliteration, consonance, and onomatopoeia. However, the writing of poetry is a discipline and sound devices are part of the criteria that define poetry, thus poems lacking sound devices are rare and the lack of them when read by serious writers is usually regarded as a matter of forgetfulness than intention. Just as an artist uses certain brushes and paints to produce the desired effect and keep control over the viewer’s response or a photographer uses a different lens or other equipment for superior quality and optimum effect, a poet uses sound devices to produce an evocative piece of work by using knowledge of sound devices that may make the difference between a mediocre poem and a memorable one.

Alliteration:

The repetition of consonants, mainly at the beginning of words; for example:

bounce; band; brute
wince; whinny
darkness; delirious

Assonance:

The repetition of vowel sounds that are similar no matter where they are located in the word:

candle; handle
hullabaloo; balloons
since; hints (similarity of sound not spelling)

Consonance:

The repetition of consonantal sounds or the sounds within the words:

(Often used in conjunction with alliteration)

wince -whinny; the two n sounds are an example of consonance like the l in girls and lark.

Poetic Example:

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body…
I do not love you as if you were a salt rose, or topaz
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul…
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
So I love you because I know no other way..
I once had a thousand desires,
But in my one desire to know you all else melted away.
The pure essence of your being
has taken over my heart and soul.
Now there is no second or third,
only the sound of your sweet cry.
I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body…
I do not love you as if you were a salt rose, or topaz
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul…
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
So I love you because I know no other way..
I once had a thousand desires,
But in my one desire to know you all else melted away.
The pure essence of your being
has taken over my heart and soul.
Now there is no second or third,
only the sound of your sweet cry.
I have come upon the eternal ecstasy.
I have gone beyond the ravages of time.
I have become one with you!..
From my first breath I have longed for You
This longing has become my life.
This longing has seen me grow old. . . .
But one mention of Beloved You
and all my youth comes back to me.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow
and the soul….”

~Pablo Neruda

Article by Willow Rose

 

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