3.en.47 Poetry: ” legs” by Robert Graves

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

place. Do you know where?2076-14p

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

Robert Graves

Tap, tap, tap,

What’s tap dance?EB5042-002

In Gene Kelly’s famous tap dance in the rain, he stands with his big black umbrella under a gurgling gutter overflowing rain.


tap, tap, tapping in the rain, Clip, clip, clip……Xof,xof, xof

gurgle, clapoteig, borboteo

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

Difficult words:

rout  (raʊt)
— n
1. an overwhelming defeat
2. a disorderly retreat
3. a noisy rabble



3.en.89 New onomatopoeia on the go: ba- bling,ba-bling, cha-ching, cha ching. This time to sing along





A choir of fifth graders from a public school, 22 Staten Island, New York, is been followed all over the world after uploading their videos in You Tube.

You can find out more visiting their blog and subscribing to their You Tube channel.

They are great and what is more important they have great fun while singing!

Click here to visit their blog

Here you can see the rehearsal for their appearance at their Avery Fisher Hall debut this Sunday. Next week we’ll look in the New York press  for a review. We might be their first fans from Majorca.

In the rehearsal they do a version of of a song byJessie J called Price tag

Listen to them singing and enjoy!

Last Thursday you took part in an interpretation workshop and you learnt that in order to transmit your feelings to the audience, it is essential to make your words fit your expression and your body language. Pay attention to the kids from PS22 while they sing.

  1. Do they look as if they feel what they are singing?
  2. what’s their body language?
  3. Do words and gestures go together?
  4. What is the message of the song?
  5. Have you ever sung in a choir?
  6. Would you like to take part in one?

It’s not about the money, money, money
We don’t need your money, money, money
We just wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the Price Tag
Ain’t about the (uh) Cha-Ching Cha-Ching.
Aint about the (yeah) Ba-Bling Ba-Bling
Wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the Price Tag.


Seems like everybody’s got a price,
I wonder how they sleep at night.
When the sale comes first,
And the truth comes second,
Just stop, for a minute and

Why is everybody so serious
Acting so damn mysterious
Got your shades on your eyes
And your heels so high
That you can’t even have a good time

Everybody look to their left (yeah)
Everybody look to their right (ha)
Can you feel that (yeah)
We’re paying with love tonight

It’s not about the money, money, money
We don’t need your money, money, money
We just wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the Price Tag
Ain’t about the (uh) Cha-Ching Cha-Ching.
Aint about the (yeah) Ba-Bling Ba-Bling
Wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the Price Tag.


Bling bling an onomatopoeia, but it is also slang, which means very informal language. Slang can also refer to vulgar expressions or vulgar and socially taboo language.

  • Can you find any other slang words in the song?
  • Go to PS22 blog and make a comment on their work.

You might persuade your music teacher, Paquita, to prepare this song and sing it in music lessons. If not, here follows a link to Jessie J’s version with lyrics. We’ll sing it along in English class. Enjoy the weekend!

3.en.87 on a poetic mood: Taylor’s onomatopoetic poem

Today, Taylor did not come with us to the poetry workshop, but she was on a poetic mood. She read our post on onomatopoeia and decided to give it a try.

This is her contribution to our poem archives:

“Sneaking Out” By Taylor Ault

As I creep through the house,

my shoes squeak on the floor.

While I try to go outside,

I bang the door.

When I turn on the car,

the engine starts to roar.

Soon I hear a loud pop,

just my luck, the tire tore.

I get out of the car,

thinking, what a bore!

Being quiet is just too hard,

For me, no sneaking out anymore.

It’s great, isn’t it?  Now, we only need some sound effects and a good recording. Let’s see if we can convince Taylor to do it for us.


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