English 9 Mr. Salter Poetry Unit Assignment 8: Onomatopoeia Name: ______________________ Mark: /10 Onomatopoeia (o-no-mah-toe-pee-ah) is the imitation of natural sounds in word form. These words help us form mental pictures about the things, people, or places that are described. Sometimes the word names a thing or action by copying the sound. For example: Bong! Hiss! Buzz! The rusty spigot sputters, utters a splutter, spatters a smattering of drops, gashes wider; slash, splatters, scatters, spurts, finally stops sputtering and plash! gushes rushes splashes clear water dashes. by Eve Merriam Definition: Onomatopoeia: The formation or use of words such as buzz or murmur that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions to which they refer. Assignment: Directions: Illustrate something in nature that makes a sound and splash the sound across your picture. Then, create a short poem that captures the essence of the image and sound.