Onomatopoeia Slithering Across the Page to Grab Your Attention

Wow in a star

It is fun to read and hear examples of onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeia is the use of words that make sounds like the noise they represent. They make me smile. They get my attention.
Batman and Robin wouldn’t be the same without them: Pow! Bang!
The Bells by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe filled his poetry with sensory detail which was often frightening to read and hear but unmistakably frightening. Here’s an excerpt from

The Bells.”

“Oh, the bells, bells, bells!
What a tale their terror tells
Of Despair!
How they clang, and clash, and roar!
What a horror they outpour
On the bosom of the palpitating air!
Yet the ear it fully knows,
By the twanging,
And the clanging,
How the danger ebbs and flows;
Yet the ear distinctly tells,
In the jangling,
And the wrangling.”
In my book, Flip Flap Floodle, I used onomatopoeia for the sound of the little duck’s name and his song on the flute. “The little duck played on his flute, Flip Flap Floodle, Floodle, Floodle.”How about this one I made up just now. “The snake slithered across the man’s chest and he pushed it into the lake. His heart beat throb throb throbbity throb throb.”

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1b5kCvVBo8

2. https://www.teachingexpertise.com/classroom-ideas/onomatopoeia-examples/

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