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Poetry 101: Lyricism

Poetic License

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Assonance and Alliteration

While there are many aspects of lyricism, alliteration and assonance are two of the most important.

Alliteration is when you have a series of words with the same first consonant sound close together, e.g., Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. Alliterative words can be right next to each other or a few words apart.

Assonance, like alliteration, has to do with words having similar sounds. With assonance you are looking for similar vowel sounds within the words, e.g., Molly donned a shawl for the fall ball.

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Imaginary Colors and … Are Writers Neanderthals?

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Write-Brained: Part 2.5

There were numerous cuts from my Write-Brained post about the origin of language and purpose of storytelling. Some of the cut segments were interesting enough that I wanted to devote a separate entry to them.

Write Brained: The Neuroscience of Writing

Colors and the Relational Nature of Langauge

While I touch on colors as an example of abstraction, they can also serve as a way to understand the relational quality of language—and how that relational quality both limits and empowers us.

The History of Color

All colors are ranges of similar visual stimuli with recognizable qualities. Reds are “warm,” deeper and richer than what we call “orange”—but brighter than warm browns. “Red” remains an expansive concept, but by drawing abstract lines in liminal space we can communicate general ideas.

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Write-Brained: The Origin of Language & the Ancestral Need for Stories

Write Brained: The Neuroscience of Writing

Part 2: The Origin of Language and the Ancestral Need for Stories

In the upcoming entries of my Write-Brained series, I’m going to dive into the question of how the different parts of our brain interact with language. To get there, though, I’m going to take you back into the origin of language itself—and search, briefly, for the purpose of storytelling.

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