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Examples of Onomatopoeia Poetry


onomatopoeia is pronounced (on-o-mat-o-pe'-a)

Function: noun

1 : the naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it (as buzz, hiss)

2 : the use of words whose sound suggests the sense

on-o-mato-poe-ic (adjective)

on-o-mato-poe-i-cal-ly or on-o-mato-po-et-i-cal-ly(adverb)


Onomatopoeia words imitate sounds from real life. They fall under different catagories:

Animal sounds: bark, meow, hoot, cuckoo, buzz...

Fast motion sounds: whip, zip, varoom, zoom

Fighting sounds: kaboom, pow, bam, smash

Food sounds: splash, slurp, gobble, munch

Mechanical sounds: beep, clank, rattle, click

Musical sounds: ring, ting, honk, jingle, toot, hum


It's pretty easy to think of children's rhymes with onomatopoeia words.  So many of us have said them as children and still repeat them today to our younger siblings, our children or grandchildren. Here are a few fimilar rhymes:



Baa Baa black sheep,

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Have you any wool?

Yes merry have I

Three bags full,

One for my master,

One for my Dame

One for the little baby that lives down the lane



Twinkle, twinkle, little star

How I wonder where you are,

Up above the world so high,

Like a diamond in the sky,

Twinkle, twinkle, little star

How I wonder, where you are.


Edgar Allan Poe was a famous American poet. He was born January 19,1809 and died October 7, 1849. He is known for so many selections such as ''The Raven", "The Telltale Heart", " Annabel Lee"... and so much more.

When one thinks of onomatopoeia words being used other than in children's rhymes,

"The Bells", another favorite poem by Poe, usually comes to mind. It is filled with onomatopoeia words. Enjoy.

All onomatopoeia words are typed in italics.


Hear the sledges with the bells-

Silver bells!

What a world of merriment their melody foretells!

How they tinkle. tinkle, tinkle,

In the icy air of night!

While the stars that oversprinkle

All the heavens, seem to twinkle

With a crystalline delight,

Keeping time, time, time,

In a sort of Runic rhyme,

To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells

From the bells, bells, bells, bells,

Bells, bells,bells-

From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.

Hear the mellow wedding bells,

Golden bells!

What a world of happiness their harmony foretells!

Through the balmy air of night

How they ring out their delight!

From the molton-golden notes,

And an in tune,

What a liquid ditty floats

To the turtle-dove that listens, while she gloats

On the moon!

Oh, from out the sounding cells,

What a gush of euphony voluminously wells!

How it swells!

How it dwells

On the Future! how it tells

Of the rapture that impels

To the swinging and the ringing

Of the bells, bells, bells,

Of the bells, bells, bells, bells,

Bells, bells, bells-

To the rhyming and the chiming of the bells!

Here the loud alarum bells-

Brazen bells!

What a tale of terror, now their turbulency tells!

In the startled ear of night

How they scream out their affright!

Too much horrified to sprak,

They can only shriek, shreik,

Out of tune,

In a clamorous appealing to the mercy of the fire,

In a mad expostulation with the deaf and the frantic fire,

Leaping higher, higher, higher,

With a desperate desire,

And a resolute endeavor,

Now- now to sit or never,

By the side of the pale-faced moon.

Oh, the bells, bells, bells!

What a tale their terror tells

Of Despair!

How they clang, and clash, and roar!

What a horror they outpour

On the bosom of the palpitating air!

Yet the ear it fully knows,

By the twanging,

And the clanging,

How the danger ebbs and flows:

Yet the ear distinctly tells,

In the jangling

And the wrangling,

How the danger sinks and swells,

By the sinking or the swelling in the anger of the bells-

Of the bells-

Of the bells, bells, bells. bells,

Bells, bells, bells-

In the clamor and the clangor of the bells!

Hear the tolling of the bells-

Iron Bells!

What a world of solemn thought their monody compels!

In the silence of the night,

How we shiver with affright

At the melancholy menace of their tone!

For every sound that floats

From the rust within their throats

Is a groan.

And the people- ah, the people-

They that dwell up in the steeple,

All alone

And who, tolling. tolling, tolling,

In that muffled monotone,

Feel a glory in so rolling

On the human heart a stone-

They are neither man nor woman-

They are neither brute nor human-

They are Ghouls:

And their king it is who tolls;

And he rolls, rolls. rolls,


A paean from the bells!

And his merry bosom swells

With the paean of the bells!

And he dances, and he yells;

Keeping time, time, time,

In a sort of Runic rhyme,

To the paean of the bells-

Of the bells;

Keeping time, time, time,

In a sort of Runic rhyme,

To the throbbing of the bells-

Of the bells, bells, bells-

To the sobbing of the bells;

Keeping time, time, time,

As he kneels, kneels, kneels,

In a happy Runic rhyme,

To the rolling of the bells-

Of the bells, bells, bells:

To the tolling of the bells,

Of the bells, bells, bells, bells,-

Bells,bells, bells-

To the moaning and the groaning of the bells.

By Edgar Allen Poe


The pit bull yelped,

As the police took him away,

Never to growl again,

At us kids in play,

The shriek, squeal, and scream of the English bulldog,

As he pinned him that day,


His massive jaws, locked it's teeth

Around it's now,

Blood oozing down,

Throat and head,

Grunting, wailing, plunk,


Oh man,

Is he dead?

That was enough,

To make us stay away,

From all canine for awhile,

When we're ready,

We'll enjoy teasing the neighbors poodles instead.

D. Alsup

Thank you for coming to this hub. Please feel free to add any poems with onomatopoeia words that you can think of. And let me know how you liked this hub. Thanks.


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my dog on February 04, 2014:

The Pitbull poem is disgusting. I have one and they are fantastic dogs. Some are abused and killed because of propaganda like that. Whoever wrote that is an idiot and whoever thought it would be a good idea to post it on this site is a bigger idiot. Morons

BIGCSSHOP (author) on August 05, 2013:

Thanks waz up

waz up on April 10, 2013:

waz up this vidio is g8

BIGCSSHOP (author) on June 08, 2012:

Hi bobby and victor obsequio, thanks for stopping by.Bobby I will add some shorter poems soon. Have an awesome year!

bobby on April 30, 2012:

i could do with some more shorter onomatopiea poems that i could understand as these were hard and LONG ones! :'(

BIGCSSHOP (author) on April 03, 2012:

hi frangipiii queen, thanks for the good score. glad i was able to reopen your views!

frangipiii queen on March 29, 2012:

i hate poetry but that has just made me reconsider it... so good job.

BIGCSSHOP (author) on March 22, 2012:

Thanks glad you stopped by!

Why should you know on March 20, 2012:

I liked them all

BIGCSSHOP (author) on March 02, 2012:

thanks bigmun, glad you liked our hub!

bigmun on February 19, 2012:

nice stuff i love it

victor obsequio on January 12, 2012:


BIGCSSHOP (author) on November 13, 2011:

gangsta, Thanks for stopping by. More grown-up examples coming soon.

gangsta on October 25, 2011:

okay well sorry but i hated them then again it all wasn't so bad

well i was goin 2 use it 4 homework but no i couldn't mine had to b more grown-up

big mac on October 18, 2011:

tnxs really helpful

BIGCSSHOP (author) on April 07, 2011:

Thanks sooooooooooo much!

BIGCSSHOP's MOTHER on April 03, 2011:

BIGCSSHOP, I think you are doing good.

BIGCSSHOP (author) on March 07, 2011:

Hi go owls you rock, Thanks so much for visiting. I'm glad you like our hub. Please do come back again .

go owls you rock on March 06, 2011:

i like this web site maybe i will come back again sometime

BIGCSSHOP (author) on February 07, 2011:

You're very welcome Becka, I'm glad this information was very helpful to you. Please come back again and feel free to share this information with a friend.

Becka on February 06, 2011:

Thanks! This really helped me understand onomatopoeia better and it also helped me on an assignment!

BIGCSSHOP (author) on October 29, 2010:

Hi scooby,

Thanks for visiting. You are right, my version of Baa Baa Black Sheep is a little different.There are a few versions of Baa Baa Black Sheep that I have ran across, and I like them all. Thanks for being so observant.

scooby on October 22, 2010:

i thought your baa baa black sheep was a bit mixed up i think it should be baa baa black sheep have you any wool yes sir yes sir three bags full one for the master one for the dame one for the little boy who lives down the lane but i liked all your the other ones

BIGCSSHOP (author) on September 20, 2010:

Thank you so much leni sands for visiting.I'm so glad you found my hub useful. It was so much much for me to write it.

Leni Sands from UK on September 19, 2010:

Really useful hub

BIGCSSHOP (author) on September 01, 2010:

Thanks Blahhh, I'm glad you liked the poetry. I will keep that in mind when I add some other selections. Thanks again.

Blahhh on September 01, 2010:

I liked it but could you use less gory and more happy and rhyming poetry please

Ayways it was good I used it for homework.

BIGCSSHOP (author) on June 13, 2010:

Thanks Tessaa, There are a few versions of BAA BAA Black Sheep. I like them all. Thanks for sharing your version.

Tessaa on May 17, 2010:

Humm... the BAA BAA Black Sheep, rhyme was kinda messed up. it should be Baa Baa Black sheep, Have you any whool? Yes sir Yes sir three bags full, One for my master, one for my dame one for the boy who lives down the Lane.

BIGCSSHOP (author) on April 30, 2010:


Thanks for visiting. I'm glad you enjoyed the poems. The author of "The Bells" is Edgar Allen Poe and the author of The Pit Bull is D. Alsup

Tmangotskillz on April 28, 2010:

i loved it i just need to know the authors of the poems

BIGCSSHOP (author) on April 05, 2010:


Thanks for your comment. The writer of this poem entitled, "The Pit Bull" has lived with over 6 pit bulls in a one block city radius. Sometimes reality is disgusting.

Soontobe on April 05, 2010:

That pitbull poem just feeds into the stereotype. Disgusting.

BIGCSSHOP (author) on March 12, 2010:

Thanks ilyalwaysandfoerever.

ilyalwaysandforever on March 11, 2010:

love "The Bells"!! :)

BIGCSSHOP (author) on March 07, 2010:

Thanks mary,

Glad this Hub was of help to you. Yes I will keep that in mind when I add more onomatopoeia poems. Thanks again.

mary on March 07, 2010:

thx this wrked on a project i used the pitbull but could u use less gory poems with onomatopoeias???

BIGCSSHOP (author) on March 02, 2010:

Thanks Moulik Mistry for visiting my hub.

I'm glad you enjoyed the poetry.

Moulik Mistry from Burdwan, West Bengal, India on March 02, 2010:

Beautiful poems, really enjoyed them very much...

BIGCSSHOP (author) on February 18, 2010:

Thank you pinkhawk,

I'm glad you enjoyed the hub!

pinkhawk from Pearl of the Orient on February 17, 2010:, really cool, now I have an idea on how to use Onomatopoeia! Thank you very much sir/ma'am..... mwah--hahaha! :) nice onomatopoeic hub! :)

BIGCSSHOP (author) on January 28, 2010:

I've never read Rupert Brookes' poems, I'll have to check them out. Thanks for sharing missmaudie, and I'm so glad you enjoyed this hub.

missmaudie from Brittany, France on January 28, 2010:

I think Rupert Brookes' poems The Fish and The Life Beyond are incredibly onomatopoeic, have you ever read them? He uses words like ooze and glide and slime. Great hub! I love poetry!

BIGCSSHOP (author) on January 22, 2010:

Thanks Ashley,

Here's a few onomatopoeia poems about peace and happiness dedicated to you coming up. See my Hub within 24 hours.

Thanks again.

Ashley on January 21, 2010:

i need some that are about peace and happiness

BIGCSSHOP (author) on December 17, 2009:

You are so welcome. Glad to be of assistance. Come back and visit anytime.

THANKS on December 13, 2009:

thank you so much this was a life saver on an assignment

BIGCSSHOP (author) on November 16, 2009:

Thank you for your comment, llk.

I am so glad you liked my poetry selections. I will be adding more soon. Thanks again!

llk on November 16, 2009:

i think your poems are the best and i would like to read more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BIGCSSHOP (author) on October 27, 2009:


So glad you liked the hub.

on October 26, 2009:

This is great. I knew what onomatopoeia was, but never recognized it in the familiar nursery rhymes. I like your example of "twinkle twinkle little star" the best.

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