Phonetics (Sound)

Phonetics (Sound) - There are many phonetic devices whereby sound generates affect (emotion) in the reader—perhaps via an EEK! of excitement (via onomatopoeia—the representation of non-word sounds as letters on the page)—or a moment of mild, moody, Monday-morning monotony at sea while looking longingly out upon the blank, endless, lulling, lurching, leading-nowhere, limitless water (alliteration—the use of the same consonant to begin three or more words in quick succession).

There are many other sound-based literary devices. In general, literary phonetics deal with rhythm (first) and rhyme (second) and matter more in poetry than prose.

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