Day 126: Sound techniques

1. Notes on Sound. Students now have the following notes on L28

  • Speaker: the narrator of the poem, sometimes a specific character, never the poet
  • Tone: the speaker’s attitude toward the subject. TONE = IMAGERY + DICTION + SYNTAX
  • Connotation: the ideas, feelings, and unspoken meanings that come along with a word (bony vs. slender)
  • Denotation: the dictionary definition of a word (thin)
  • Alliteration: the repetition of the same sound at the beginning of words
  • Assonance: the repetition of a vowel sound within or at the end of words
  • Consonance: the repetition of the same consonant sound within or at the end of words
  • Diction: word choice

For each definition, students came up with examples.

2. Alliteration, Assonance, and Consonance in “A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal.” With different colors, we marked the different repeated vowel and consonant sounds on L30.

HW: Sound Homework (download here). Choose one poem, either Billy Collins’s “Dog” (not available online) or Dylan Thomas’s “To Others Than You.” You must label alliteration, assonance, and consonance in each, and then answer the 11 brief questions.