So far, we’ve learned about several tools poets use to write poems. Let’s review the tools we’ve studied by working together as a class to define each term.
Metaphor: Simile: Abstract: Concrete: Imagery: Blank Verse: Free Verse: Line Breaks: Turn: We’ve also studied one type of writing useful to students of poetry.
This week, we have some new writing tools to study. Like line breaks, these tools affect the sound of a poem (some of you may note that these new tools have an effect on meaning, but their contribution to meaning is beyond the scope of this course).
Assonance is the repetition of repeated internal vowel sounds.
Example: Loud the bell knells on the prow of the old French scow
This is an example of assonance because of the repeated vowel sound “ow” in the words loud, prow, and scow.