Onomatopoeia used in poetry

Monday, April 29, 2013

There are many elements of the English language that are great for learning. Jokes are a perfect example because they are fun to remember and retell. Today I'm combining two ideas into one post, onomatopoeia and poetry, to demonstrate another impactful way of learning.

Onomatopoeia is the formation of a word from a sound associated with it (like crunchy or sizzle, for example). Combine it with poetry and the result is very effective for setting a scene. For example, note how the use of onomatopoeia creates a strong image in the poem called "Camping".

Crack! Crack!
The fire crackles under the stars.
Sizzle! Sizzle!
The water sizzles above the fire.
Crunch! Crunch!
The campers crunching on potato chips.
Click! Clack! Click! Clack!
The tent poles clicking and clacking together.
Rustle! Rustle!
As we prepare our sleeping bags to go to sleep.
Chirp! Chirp!
The crickets say, “good-night”.

Can you identify all of the onomatopoeic words in the poem?

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