Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Behind the Books: More on Language Devices

Last week, I wrote about using language devices in my writing. I’m not the only author who does it. Not by a long shot.

Here are a couple of great examples.

         Alliteration and assonance

And then, in a flash,
with the stealth of a thief.
a frog’s sticky tongue
flicks out at the leaf
and snatches the meal . . .

                   The bug comes to grief.

The sun is rising.
Up, up.
It heats the air.
Up, up.
Wings stretch wide
to catch a ride
on warming air.
Going where?
Up, up.

The first example, The Story Goes On by Aileen Fisher, is more zany and playful. Well, the word choices don’t hurt. But here’s something else to notice: The rhyming words have a very hard sound—thief, leaf, grief.

But in Vulture View by April Pulley Sayre, the rhyming words have much softer sounds—wide, ride, air, where. Those softer sounds help to make the piece more lyrical, as does all the repetitive “up”s separated by commas.

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