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Onomatopoeia in Poetry
By Josie Whitehead 
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By Josie Whitehead

Escaping All This Din

The washer went swish-swish swish-swish;

      The dishwasher did too;

The mixer joined their noisy day

     And what do mixers do?


It mixed the cake – and what a roar! –

     Which didn’t last too long,

But then Mum’s sweeper joined them all,

     With its steady, purring song.


The radio thought: ‘It’s my turn now,’

       And someone loudly sang

And then the clock began to chime

      Just as the doorbell rang.


The telephone joined in the fun:

      Ring ring, ring ring, ring ring

And the kettle, coming to the boil,

      Thought he should quietly sing.


Knock knock, knock – the postman’s knock

       Upon the big front door.

 This was the noisiest house on earth

      But was there one noise more?


Oh yes:  bark bark, and bark again:

     The little dog joined in –

Oh!  Excuse me now, I must rush off,

      To escape from all this din.


* Washer = washing machine, ie Put the clothes in the washer.

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NOTE:  Onomatopoeiais a word that actually looks like the sound it makes, and we can almost hear those sounds as we read.  What words can you find in this poem - and what others can you think of.  If you want to be a GOOD poet, as well as learning about rhyme and the different ways of adding rhythm to your poem, you'll need to learn all about these things and PUT THEM IN YOUR OWN POEMS please.  Josie

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