Identify and explain the purpose of sound devices (onomatopoeia and alliteration) in poetry.
Explain how the aural depiction of the poem enhances or detracts from the mood.
Comic: Peanuts (April 4, 1999) by Charles Schulz
Comic: Peanuts (October 19, 1997) by Charles Schulz
Comic: Peanuts (Nov 16, 1977) by Charles Schulz
Poem: “Waiting” by Nikki Grimes
Poem: “Cynthia in the snow” by Gwendolyn Brooks
Song: “Circle Game lyrics”
A poet uses sound devices in order to (select two answers):
give the poem a musical quality.
enhance the mood.
clarify the speaker’s perspective.
give human qualities to inanimate things.
create a humorous tone.
Read the poem “Cynthia in the Snow” before answering the following questions:
What onomatopoeic words does the poet use to suggest the silencing effect of falling snow?
Sushes, hushes, twitter-flitters
Sushes, hushes, loudness
Sushes, hushes, laughs
Sushes, hushes, milk
What words together represent an example of alliteration?
“laughs away from me”
“white as milk”
“So beautiful it hurts”
In one paragraph, explain the effects of the sound devices in the poem “Cynthia in the Snow.”
Read the comic Peanuts (April 4, 1999) by Charles Schulz.
Read the next two comics: Peanuts (October 19, 1997) by Schulz and Peanuts (November 16, 1977)
Read the poem “Waiting” by Nikki Grimes.
Read “The Cats in the Cradle.”
Read “The Circle Game.”
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