Written for: dVerse Poets Pub - MTB with dissonance
(posted by Bjorn)
"Poets usually strive to make a poem easy and pleasant to read, and often those tools are based on vocal harmonies, through the meter, rhyme, assonance, or consonance.
Creating dissonance is harder than we may think as we naturally want to sound pleasant, but today we will try to do the opposite. If it helps try to describe something unpleasant, to write off your anger, sorrow or angst."
A few ways to do this.
- Break up assonance by using all different vowels you could.
- Break up the meter, and make your poem stumble on two left feet.
- Use harsh consonants, putting some firework in your verse.
In soft summer evening
Boom! Crack! Lightning
streaks violet and egg-yolk
yellow. Sky screeches.
Rain slams windows.
I jump. Now
in dimmed evening
lights flicker, threaten.
Darkness deep and thick
blots out world.
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