Alliteration, Assonance and Onomatopoeia
Writers use figures of speech to add meaning to the text they're writing. These techniques engage the reader's interest using sound and imagery or by sequencing and contrasting ideas, in order to increase the effectiveness of the writer's words in conveying meaning.
There are many different forms of figures of speech. It's important that you recognise the most common ones so that you can demonstrate your knowledge and understanding when you are discussing a piece of writing. We are going to take a look at various figures of speech and then test what you have learned.
Alliteration is the repetition of the same first sound in a group of words in succession for emphasis.
'Everyone knew big, bold Billy from Brighton.' The repetition of the 'b' sound reinforces our image of Billy and makes the associations of 'big', 'bold' and 'from Brighton' more memorable.
"Tyger, Tyger burning bright."
Assonance is the repetition of identical or similar vowel sounds in a group of words.
'His father's car is a Jaguar.'
'How now brown cow.'
This figure of speech applies when the sound reflects sense or meaning. The word then sounds like its meaning.
'The leaves rustled in the wind.' The word 'rustled' reflects the sound leaves in a tree make in a breeze.
'The hum of the bees.'
Now it's your turn!