Howdy, Campers and welcome to my 2012 Poem-A-Day Challenge!¬† Wowee–I can’t believe it’s here again!¬† This means I’ve been writing a poem a day since I took the challenge in April 2010.¬† Two. Whole. Years.¬† Over six hundred poems.
Ask any writer and I’ll bet 98% of us wonder if we deep-down really ARE writers.¬† Writing a poem a day has given me an amazing gift–I no longer doubt that I’m a writer.
This month, all the poems will be DOG POEMS, because the dog park is my new addiction.¬† So, let’s get on with the dog show–arf, arf!
ADOLESCENT DOG -- alliteration, assonance, and consonance
by April Halprin Wayland
a cooked piece of pasta
on the round rug,
squeaky panda under your paw
flame on a rope,
chasing in the dog park
lanky legs kicking in the air
speaks loud, alive:
Poetry Prompt: ¬†Alliteration, assonance and consonance are some of what Myra Cohn Livingston called the poet’s tools.
Each of these definitions and examples is from About.com:
Alliteration:¬†The¬†repetition¬†of an initial¬†consonant¬†sound, as in “a¬†peck of¬†pickled¬†peppers.”
Assonance:¬†The repetition of identical or similar¬†vowel¬†sounds in neighboring words. ¬†Example from a campaign button: I like Ike
Consonance:¬† Broadly, the repetition of¬†consonant¬†sounds; more specifically, the repetition of the final consonant sounds of accented¬†syllables¬†or important words. ¬†Example from Dylan Thomas: ¬†Do not¬†go gentle into that¬†good night.
Find examples of each in this poem.
It’s your turn.¬†Write a poem using at least one of these poet’s tools.
poem © 2012 April Halprin Wayland. All rights reserved
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