Due: Thursday, 22nd January
An Extension of Alliteration and another Arrow (Assonance) for your Poetic Arsenal:
1) Alliteration = the repetition of consonant sound (all non-vowels). There are different types of alliteration, like:
‘sibilance’ – soft sounds (repetition of: ‘s’ / ‘sh’ / ‘ch’ / ‘x’ sounds. e.g. slimy, slithering snakes.)
‘plosive’ – for force or extra violence (repetition of: ‘b’ / ‘p’ / ‘t’ / ‘d’ sounds. e.g. punching powerfully; rat-a-tat-tat of machine gun fire etc.
2) Assonance = the repetition of vowel sounds (i.e. A, E, I, O, U) e.g. “And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain”. (Notice how this uses Alliteration too.)
Read The Valley of Unrest, by Edgar Allen Poe: http://poestories.com/read/valleyunrest
B Grade: Write a short poem about a similar place of ‘Unrest’, whether a haunted house, the scene of a battle or tragedy, or an abandoned place, as studied in class today. You should aim to include clear examples of Alliteration (sibilance or plosive).
A Grade: Like the sound in the horror clips we watched, your poem should start by using soft ‘sibilance’ to enhance tension, and build to a ‘plosive’ crescendo as the scene becomes more intense.
Extension: Use either Personification / ‘pathetic fallacy’ (if it involves nature) to give the Place of Unrest a real sense of being alive and uneasy.
Edgar Allen Poe Challenge (One for the Aspiring Poets): Mimic the metre (rhythmic structure, measured in number of beats per line) used in Poe’s poem – it’s 7, in case you were wondering! Dum, da-dah, da-dah, da-dah… etc.