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Alliteration - Definition

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Poetry Definition

Alliteration is a stylistic device, or literary technique, in which successive words (more strictly, stressed syllables) begin with the same consonant sound or letter. Alliteration is a frequent tool in poetry but it is also common in prose, particularly to highlight short phrases. Especially in poetry, it contributes to euphony of the passage, lending it a musical air. It may add a humorous effect. Related to alliteration are assonance, the repetition of vowel sounds, and consonance, the repetition of consonant sounds. Starting three or more words with the same sound.

Example

  • Round the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran.
  • Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
  • The crazy crackling crops.

Poetry Definition

Alliterations are sentences or phrases that contain words that repeat the same beginning consonant sounds. The initial sounds of a word, beginning either with a consonant or a vowel, are repeated in close succession.

A poem that repeats the same letter at the beginning of two or more words immediately succeeding each other, or at short intervals; as in the following lines: - Behemoth, biggest born of earth, upheaved His vastness. Milton. Fly o'er waste fens and windy fields. Tennyson.

Example

Dogs Destroy Dinosaurs
Athena and Apollo
Nate never knows
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Standard Definition

[n] use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse; "around the rock the ragged rascal ran"

Synonyms

beginning rhyme - (4 syllables), head rhyme - (2 syllables), initial rhyme - (4 syllables)

See Also...

rhyme, rime

Misc. Definitions

\Al*lit`er*a"tion\, n. [L. ad + litera letter. See {Letter}.] The repetition of the same letter at the beginning of two or more words immediately succeeding each other, or at short intervals; as in the following lines: Behemoth, biggest born of earth, upheaved His vastness. --Milton. Fly o'er waste fens and windy fields. --Tennyson. Note: The recurrence of the same letter in accented parts of words is also called alliteration. Anglo-Saxon poetry is characterized by alliterative meter of this sort. Later poets also employed it. In a somer seson whan soft was the sonne, I shope me in shroudes as I a shepe were. --P. Plowman.

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