Reading Log Assignment 2_Giovanni Amado

Abstract:

ALLITERATION

  • One of the things that really stood out to me this week was the diversity of figurative language that are used in the many works of poetry. My favorite type of figurative language had to be alliteration.

  • Alliteration is a literary device where two or more words in a phrase or line of poetry share the same beginning consonant sound. One poem that uses alliteration would be Natasha Trethewey-Myth. In her poem the sounds that are repeated are ‘ow’ and ‘ing’ and they all repeat at the end of each line of poetry. For example dying, waking, hollow, tomorrow, waking, trying, follow and tomorrow they are all examples of alliteration in poetry.

  • The reason why I like alliteration is because the repetition of certain sounds in poetry is one of the first things that I notice when reading a poem out loud. During the first readthrough of a poem, it's hard even for me to grasp the poet's true intent. However, if the poet utilizes alliteration then the poem becomes more memorable because it’s hard not to notice repeating sounds and rhyme in a poem. What makes alliteration so great is because it makes a piece of poetry memorable and succeeds in capturing the reader’s attention so that they may want to dive deeper into the true message of the poem

  • I never thought that poetry could be similar to rap or music before but now that I think about it, I can understand the similarities because like a poem I can more or less remember a full song. However, the one thing that I would remember about a song or poem above all else is the chorus or any repeating sound and that’s probably because the chorus always repeats and is more than likely meant to rhyme just like alliteration. Therefore, the notion that musicians and rappers are poets isn't far fetched, it could actually be true.