Alliteration Tongue Twisters
A literary classic famous for its use of alliteration is the long poem Beowulf, written in Old English between the 8th and 11th centuries. Works like Beowulf were meant to be read aloud, using alliteration to help readers remember the story. Lines from the poem include: “To feast his fill of the flesh of men.”
Alliteration is the conspicuous repetition of identical initial consonant sounds in successive or closely associated syllables within a group of words, often used as a literary device. A familiar example is "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers".
To identify alliteration in a poem, look for pairs or groups of words that begin with the same phonetic sound. Words may begin with identical letters or with letter combinations that create similar sounds. For example, "nest" and "know" create alliteration with similar opening sounds.
Another term for alliteration is “initial rhyme,” because it's literally the reverse of a rhyme—instead of repeating a sound at the end of two or more words, alliteration is repeating a sound at the beginning of two or more words. Alliteration is about repetition of sound, not simply of letters written on the page.
The main reason to use alliteration in poetry is that it sounds pleasing. It's a means to get the attention of readers or listeners. It's also a clear way to signify that the alliterative words are linked together thematically, and it puts a spotlight on the subject contained therein.
Because it's memorable and catchy alliteration reinforces those words phrases or ideas that a writerMoreBecause it's memorable and catchy alliteration reinforces those words phrases or ideas that a writer wants to linger in your mind here are a couple of examples of alliteration in persuasive texts.
The sound of alliteration can help create the mood or tone of a poem or piece of prose. For example, repetition of the “s” sound often suggests a snake-like quality, implying slyness and danger. Softer sounds like “h” or “l” may create a more introspective or romantic mood or tone.
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