Formal Fluency: Cacophonic Chaos
|Deadline:||Jun 15, 2012|
“That's one thing I hate! All the noise, noise, noise, noise!” cried the Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Well, no offense to the Grinch, but that’s what I want. All the grating, the cracking, the petrifying sound. Jangling, banging, cacophonous. Give me discord, discomfort, and dissonance!
Cacophony and dissonance are not usually what poets aim for in their writing. Cacophony is the harsh mixture of sound, generally with the hard consontant sounds: c, g, p, k, and x. It makes you trip over the words. Dissonance avoids harmony; it clashes with the sounds it makes and avoids patterns in vowel sounds. Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky is an excellent example of cacophony and dissonance fighting together to make the reader stumble.
Speed also plays a role. Cacophony can be used to increase the speed of the poem, bringing tension and conflict in a slow build as it does with the sonnet used as an example in the link below, or from the beginning as it does in Jabberwocky.
For a little more information on using cacophony and dissonance, try here.
What I am looking for:
- Tension (gradually building or immediate)
- Harsh consonants
- Off-pattern vowel sounds
- Syllable count per line doesn’t matter, just make sure if you’re pairing lines that the syllable counts match up
Unleash hell on harmony. Post your noise to the site using the contest tag by Friday, June 15th to be considered.
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|1st prize:||$15 cash via PayPal|
Entries must be received before midnight of Friday, June 15th (UTC time) and the winner will be announced within one week of that date.
Entries must highlight cacophony and dissonance as described above.
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