The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0890 Sunday, 22 April 2001
Date: Wednesday, 18 Apr 2001 18:55:50 -0700
Subject: 12.0870 Re: Wedding of Sound and Image
Comment: Re: SHK 12.0870 Re: Wedding of Sound and Image
>Perhaps thinking of onomatopoeia, as in Pope's "the sound should seem an
>echo to the sense."
Thanks to Dennis and Sarah for this suggestion. However, I think
"onomatopoeia" usually refers to a single word, like crash, smash,
hiccup, and such. What I had in mind was a word that referred to all the
sounds in a line of poetry, including the rhythm.
Leg over leg as the dog went to Dover,
When he came to a stile, jump, he went over.
Every single sound in this replicates the meaning, including the rhythm,
which sounds like the rhythm of a four legged animal running and
jumping. (It is one of my favorite lines in all English poetry.)
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