The Use of Sound in Poetry
I present to you today another video from Jackson Bates, this time on Alliteration, Assonance and Consonance. Now if you are a writer/poet or perhaps an English teacher then I still recommend the video.
Most people in those categories should know what those terms mean but I think this video does a very good job or going past surface definitions and exploring the effect that different sounds have on the meaning and shape of words.
Now I think when I use these techniques myself its often something that I do naturally or intuitively. I tend to avoid alliteration because I think it can become too obvious, but assonance I know features in my long form poetry.
I think drawing our attention to the sound of poetry is just as important for readers. In plans for a project next year I had already made a decision to start reading poetry aloud to myself.
I think there’s an important aspect of the poem imparted in good poetry when it’s read. It’s too easy to miss the aural qualities when just interpreting from the page.