Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Teatime Tuesday Poetry

Onomatopoeia is when a word name imitates or suggests the sound associated with it. Frankly, I just like to say onomatopoeia. Isn’t it a fun word? onomatopoeia, onomatopoeia, onomatopoeia! he-he-he! Oh, wait he-he-he is an example of onomatopoeia, because it means laughter and imitates the sound of the laughter.

Can you find onomatopoeia in this poem?

by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Then piped a tiny voice hard by,
Gay and polite, a cheerful cry,
"Chick-a-dee-dee!" a saucy note
Out of sound heart and merry throat
As if it said, "Good day, good sir!
Fine afternoon, old passenger!
Happy to meet you in these places
Where January brings few faces."

When I think of onomatopoeia, cartoons always come to mind. Actually, the image that comes to mind is Roy Lichtenstein’s two panel work Whaam! My boys play an online video game where a player’s name is an example. His name is lasersgoPEWPEW!

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