Onomatopoeia is a word that imitates or suggests the source of the sound that it describes. Onomatopoeias are not the same across all languages. Onomatopoeia is one of the resources of language more often used by poets than prose writers; this is because poetry is made for the ear as well as the eye, and depends more heavily than prose does on sound-effects.
Robert Graves was an English poet who lived and died here in Majorca. He is buried in a beautiful
In these verses from a poem called “legs”, he uses onomatopeia to make us think of a rainy day.
Read the poem aloud. Now you know what a gurgling sound is, don’t you?
And the gutters gurgled
With the rain’s overflow
And the sticks on the pavement
Blindly tapped and tapped
Tap, tap, tap,
In Gene Kelly’s famous tap dance in the rain, he stands with his big black umbrella under a gurgling gutter overflowing rain.
GURGLE; TAP; TAP….
tap, tap, tapping in the rain, Clip, clip, clip……Xof,xof, xof
Well, now that you know much more English, you are ready to read the whole poem. We’ll recite it together in class. It is an intriguing poem.
Legs… seem to run away… out of control
let’s see if you like it
|rout 1 (raʊt)|
|1.||an overwhelming defeat|
|2.||a disorderly retreat|
|3.||a noisy rabble|