There are several definitions of the term alliteration with subtle differences. Here are several different definitions of “alliteration” from different poetry websites:
Alliteration is the repetition of initial sounds of stressed syllables.
Alliteration: the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words.
Alliteration: The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables.
Alliteration is used for poetic effect, a repetition of the initial sounds of several words in a group.
How ever you define it, alliteration refers to repeating the sound at the beginning of words. Here is a well-known and excellent example of “alliteration!”
“She sells seashells by the seashore!”
Or my own example: “Always apply alliteration!”
Practice adding alliteration to your poetry by repeating the sound of the first letter in several words in a group. An especially effective technique is to use sounds associated with your poem. In our humorous example, “She sells seashells by the seashore,” don’t you almost hear the sigh and hiss of the seas in the repeated use of “s” and “sh”?
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