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Sound in Poetry Poems usually begin with words or phrase which appeal more because of their sound than their meaning and the movement and phrasing of a poem Every poem has a texture of sound which is at least as important as the meaning behind the poem Rhythm being the regular recurrence of sound is at the heart of all natural phenomena the beating of a heart the lapping of waves against the shore the croaking of frogs on a summers night the whisper of wheat swaying in the wind Rhythm and sound and arrangement the formal properties of wordsallow the poet to get beyond or beneath the surface of a poem Both Gwendolyn Brooks Sadie and Maud 799 and Anne Bradstreets To My Dear and Loving Husband 784 emphasize poetic sound to express their themes Used to enhance sound in a poem alliteration is the repetition of sound in consecutive or neighboring words usually at the beginning of words Both Brooks and Bradstreet make use of alliteration in their poems Sadie stayed at home Sadie scraped life 2-3 the repetition of s is evident in these two lines reflecting the sassiness and independence that Sadie possessed Then while we live in love lets persevere 11 the slow musical repetition of the l sounds reflect the romantic emphasis in the poem Assonancethe repetition of the same or similar vowel sound especially in stressed syllablescan also enrich a poem Assonance can be used to unify a poem as in Bradstreets poem in which it emphasizes the thematic connection among words and unifies the poems ideas of the husband and wife becoming one Compare with me ye woman if you can 4 In Brooks poem repeated vowel sounds extend throughout Brooks indirectly links certain words and by connecting these words she calls attention to the imagery that helps communicate the poems theme of how different two people who grew up in the same household
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