Onomatopoeia


Definition of onomatopoeia:
A word that by its sound suggests its meaning.



Example of Onomatopoeia:

From:
The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
   While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“’Tis some visiter,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
        Only this and nothing more.”


From:
The Tempest, Act I, Scene II, by William Shakespeare

Hark, hark!
Bow-wow.
The watch-dogs bark!
Bow-wow.
Hark, hark! I hear
The strain of strutting Chanticleer
Cry, 'cock-a-diddle-dow!

Onomatopoeia Poem



Onomatopoeia poetry:
  • Definition of onomatopoeia
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  • Explanation of how onomatopoeia is used


Why are poetry examples important?

Studying examples of poems using various poetic devices like onomatopoeia helps create an understanding of how those poetry terms work within different types of poetry.  For instance examples of poems using onomatopoeia can illustrate how sounds can be represented in poems.  Likewise, examples of poems using alliteration can shed light on how alliteration affects the rhythm of a poem.  many poems can be an example of onomatopoeia, but sometimes good examples are hard to find.  You'll find relevant, concise poetry examples here. 


Can Poems be examples of more than one poetry term?

Absolutely.  Examples of poems using hyperbole are also examples of figurative language, since hyperbole is considered a type of figurative language.  That's just one example.  Poems usually contain multiple poetic terms and devices like onomatopoeia.  The poetry examples contained in this site often link to other poetry devices of which that poem serves as an example.  However, we provide unique examples for each poetry term wherever possible.

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See also:    Figurative Language