Alliteration Definition

Poetry Definition of Alliteration

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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Top 5 Alliteration Poem Examples

PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories
Like Ice --- THE WALTZ A , Poet Destroyer Alliterationabsence, allusion, color, dance,
Sweet Sugar Cookies and Peanut Butter Bars A , Poet Destroyer Alliterationaddiction, candy, fantasy, funny,
Premium Member Poem The Forest A , SKAT Alliterationart, epic, imagination, passion,
Premium Member Poem Soothing serenades One, Silent Alliterationanalogy, deep, sad,
Premium Member Poem The Narwhal Song A , SKAT Alliterationabuse, character, dance, deep,

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"


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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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