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What is Alliteration?


Alliteration is the repetition of the same sound or letter at the beginning of each or most of the words in a sentence. The easiest way to use alliteration would be to repeat the starting letter of the words.


Examples – Using alliteration with a letter

For a more complex form of alliteration you can use the the first syllable of the words, using the same sound to make the alliteration effect.


Example – Using alliteration with the first syllable


Alliteration is used in poetry to create different effects, either for a reflective description or to create more drama or danger.

Why don't you try writing a poem using alliteration and enter it into one of our poetry competitions.

For information on poetry terms other than an alliteration visit our poetry glossary – poetry terms.

Poetry Terms

Adjective Kenning Poetry Slam Rhythm
Alliteration Metaphor Powerful Verbs Simile
Anthology Meter Prose Stanza
Assonance Onomatopoeia Refrain Syllable
Chorus Oxymoron Repetition Synonym
Consonance Personification Rhyme Verb
Envoi Poetry Rhyming Couplet Verse
Envoy      
 
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