Onomatopoeia more simply means words that sound like or define a characteristic of the thing they describe, for example ‘Slithery snake’ or a ‘bell going ding-a-ling-ling’ Children’s poets use Onomatopoeia in their work because it helps young audiences build their imaginative vocabulary, and extra ways to understand how poetry works.
This challenge gives children an opportunity to learn more about Onomatopoeia by finding examples of it in particular poems. You will need to use the search bar in Let’s Explore to discover the answers - https://childrens.poetryarchive.org/explore. You can search using particular words or the name of the poet. Enjoy listening to the poems too. You can also find lots more examples of poetic techniques in our glossary using the link above.
1. How is the Storm Sausage described in Andrew Fusek Peters’ poem ‘Use Your Rains’?
2. Where does ‘delving’ lead to in James Carter’s poem ‘Where Do You Get Your Ideas From’?
3. What do the whirlybirds do in John Foster’s Poem ‘The Land of the Flibbertigibbetts?'
4. What sound do the cymbals make in Laura Mucha’s poem ‘I’m an Orchestra’?
5. What kind of edges does the table have in Robert Hull’s poem ‘Table’?
6. What would break times do in Steven Camden’s poem ‘Fraud’?
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1) ‘on sizzling good form’
2) ‘deep inside me’
3) ‘whirl and whiz’
4) ‘clang and clash’
6) ‘shatter into shards’