Wednesday, 12 April 2017

poetry 2017 / 057

Today, I’d like you to write a poem that explicitly incorporates alliteration (the use of repeated consonant sounds) and assonance (the use of repeated vowel sounds). This doesn’t mean necessarily limiting yourself to a few consonants or vowels, although it could. Even relatively restrained alliteration and assonance can help tighten a poem, with the sounds reinforcing the sense.

Cemetery Spaniel

Soft and supple, splendid,
speeding through silver birch,
sleek body springing over stream
and celandine, scenting and searching,
smelling the scenery, the subtle selection
of seasonal sights and sounds.
Sensitive to shadows, to shades
of morning sunlight she runs
in silent simplicity.

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