STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS SATURDAY
This week’s prompt is: Onomatopoeia, but you could have guessed that one, right?
I didn’t automatically love English class, or what was called Language Arts in the beginning.
I wasn’t particularly talented in the subject. I didn’t get top marks. I probably did okay.
It was a slow build-up. I began to love books and writing, but I still do not find any part of grammar enjoyable.
I do a little better with Literary Devices, but still I’m no expert.
I recall a list of these devices that I scanned, willing myself to memorize their meanings. After all, if I were ever to become an accomplished writer, I should know them, right?
I had to choose ten literary devices from the list, giving their definition and using them to demonstrate that I did indeed know what they did.
An English test is still a test. I couldn’t stand the pressure.
My brother and I have had several discussions, me helping him study for this same sort of test.
“What is a simile again?” I’d ask him?
“What’s the difference between symbolism and metaphor?” he’d ask back.
“I can’t remember the difference between connotation and denotation,” I’d lament.
“Do you know what onomatopoeia means?” my brother would then ask me.
“Nope,” I’d say, dropping my head into my hands in defeat. “Define it…I can’t even hardly spell it.”
It’s a great word for a simple concept, yet when I read the definitions I get from the Dictionary App on my phone or the numerous dictionary definitions offered on Google, it seems anything but simple.
Definition by Merriam-Webster.
Wait. This isn’t actually that hard to remember. Good thing I was given this prompt for SoCS this week.
How have I gotten this far in my writing without knowing just what it means?
Let’s just say: it’s a good thing I’m not teaching English to a classroom full of unsuspecting students, eager to learn their literary devices.
This is all thanks to:
I am beginning to look forward to Fridays and to learn what the newest SoCS prompt is going to be for the week.
Thank you Linda