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Alliteration 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.


An Alliteration is a type of poem that uses repetitive sounds in the first of second letters of a word series or uses repetition of the same letter sounds. The sounds are repeated according to the meter of the poem and the repetitive sounds are stressed when reading the poem. Many people may have heard of a tongue twister which is a simplified term for alliteration.

The use of alliteration will allow the author of the poem to bring attention to certain words in a line of poetry. Alliteration can also be used to give the poem a rhythmic sound. Alliteration is used to create rhyme within the poem. Alliteration can also be used to set the mood of the poem. The poem can be soft or it can have harsh sounds that repeat. When repeating such sounds as s,l , and f the poem will have more of a peaceful tone to it. 

Alliteration Poem Example

Dogs Destroy Dinosaurs
Athena and Apollo
Nate never knows
People who pen poetry

Other Alliteration 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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