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    Default Sound patterns (please help)

    Hi everyone
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    I have a question about sound patterns like rhyme and assonance
    what is the role of these sound patterns, Why are they used in poetry?
    Many thanks in advance

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    Default Re: Sound patterns (please help)

    Why don't you start with your ideas?

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    Default Re: Sound patterns (please help)

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Why don't you start with your ideas?
    I think sound patterns are used to make the language sound more beautiful, catchy and enjoyable
    and throu sound patterns we can distinguish poetry from prose
    and sound patterns are made by repetition
    this is what i think
    please correct me if i'm wrong

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    Default Re: Sound patterns (please help)

    Quote Originally Posted by sultanee View Post
    I think sound patterns are used to make the language sound more beautiful, catchy and enjoyable
    That's right.
    and throu sound patterns we can distinguish poetry from prose
    Yes, generally.
    and sound patterns are made by repetition
    Yes, but there are other ways of making pleasing sound effects, without their being patterns. I suppose 'pattern' implies repetition.

    this is what i think
    please correct me if i'm wrong
    Not all poetry is pleasant. You can use dissonance to make a displeasing sound which you can associate with a displeasing theme or topic, for example.

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    Default Re: Sound patterns (please help)

    Quote Originally Posted by sultanee View Post
    I think sound patterns are used to make the language sound more beautiful, catchy and enjoyable
    and throu sound patterns we can distinguish poetry from prose
    and sound patterns are made by repetition
    this is what i think
    please correct me if i'm wrong
    But I'd add one adjective to your three; it makes them memorable.

    Two examples:
    • Metrical psalter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - a translation of the Book of Psalms in verse, one of the aims being to bring the scriptures to people who couldn't read.
    • The Argentine writer Jorge Luís Borges, who went blind in later life. After going blind he wrote mostly poetry, because he could do it in his head.


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    I found this in the Wikipedia article on Borges:
    Borges composed poetry throughout his life. As his eyesight waned (it came and went, with a struggle between advancing age and advances in eye surgery), he increasingly focused on writing poetry, since he could memorize an entire work in progress.
    Last edited by BobK; 13-Mar-2010 at 21:43.

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