An Introduction to Cacophony
Cacophony (derives from Greek kakophōnia meaning “bad sounding”), is a blend of discordant sounds; usually a collection of vowelsOpens in new window, consonantsOpens in new window, or syllablesOpens in new window that resonate into clashing sounds; and thus degenerates into a jarring noise.
Cacophony may be done deliberately for rhetorical effect but, when it is accidental it may become a vice. In literature, cacophony involves the use of words or phrases characterized with disagreeable and unmelodious sounds, sounds that are hostile and disturbing. Such negative sounds may include consonants k, t, g, d, p, and b, and the hissing sounds ch, sh, and s; this is the opposite of euphonyOpens in new window.
Cacophonies are mainly used as an instrument for achieving literary effect in writing especially when the authors are narrating a hostile scenario. Using cacophony readily brings to the reader's mind an imaginary disturbing atmosphere of discordant sounds as seen obvious in the verses above.